UN condemns occupation of Palestine as illegal in land mark vote – Israel summons 14 ambassadors

By Geoff Carmen

UN condemns occupation of Palestine as illegal in land mark vote

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Self proclaimed state of Israel’s leader Netanyahu has summoned the ambassadors of the 14 UN Security Council member states that voted in favour of a resolution condemning the illegal occupation and increasing forced settlement activity in Palestine, a foreign ministry spokesman said.

USA controversially abstained from the vote. USA refused to condemn or support their closest military and political ally (Israel).

By way of rebuke of the vote, Israel’s Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman also announced on Sunday that Israel was cutting civilian coordination with Palestine and all Palestinians. Thus purposefully exasperating the pain and suffering of innocent civilians in what has become the world’s largest concentration camp.

Foreign ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon said that the 14 envoys of UN Security Council members will visit the ministry in Jerusalem throughout the day. The United States envoy was not summoned.

The UN Council passed the measure on Friday after the US abstained, enabling the adoption of the first resolution since 1979 to condemn Israel over it’s occupation and forced settlement policies.

The resolution demands “Israel immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including Jerusalem”.

It says occupation and settlement of Palestinian territory has “no legal validity” and is “dangerously imperilling the viability of the two-state solution.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who had rejected the resolution as a “shameful blow against Israel” repeated on Sunday the Israeli claim that US President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry were behind the resolution.

“We have no doubt that the Obama administration initiated it, stood behind it, coordinated the drafts and demanded to pass it,” Netanyahu said at the beginning of the weekly cabinet meeting.

The US-Israel relationship although still incredibly strong politically and militarily has weakened slightly during Obama’s administration. Although Obama refuses to condemn Israel public demonstrations of active support have frequently been replaced by silence and abstaining from votes.

While the resolution contains no sanctions, Israeli officials are concerned it could widen the possibility of prosecution at the International Criminal Court. Israel is not a recognised state in many countries around the world with the leaders wanted for genocide, war crimes and atrocities against humanity.

They are also worried it could encourage some countries to impose sanctions against Israeli settlers and goods produced in the settlements. Famously several UK MPs called for the total block of Israeli imports in 2015 and 2016.

Israeli officials refused to comment on the report.

Rightwing Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan said on Saturday night that Israel should “announce a full annexation of settlement blocs” in response to the resolution.

Education Minister Naftali Bennett of the far-right Jewish Home told army radio that his party would “soon propose a bill to annex Maale Adumim” an illegal occupied forced settlement east of Jerusalem.

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