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Anti-Israel Resolutions at 62nd UNGA

Below is a list of the one-sided resolutions concerning Israel at the General Assembly’s current 62nd session. While Israel has been the target of disproportional attention, a mere handful of the UN’s other 191 countries have been cited only once. Sadly, the UN and the language of international law and human rights have been abused by a decades-long campaign that seeks to demonize and delegitimize the Jewish state. For last year’s resolutions, see chart at page 53 of The United Nations and Anti-Semitism, 2004-2007 Report Card.

  Resolution Sponsors Summary                                               Analysis                                                 Status                                
 1 A/RES/62/56
The risk of nuclear proliferation in the Middle East
16 members of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (“Islamic Group countries") “Reaffirms the importance of Israel’s accession to the Treaty on the Non Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons and placement of all its nuclear facilities under comprehensive International Atomic Energy Agency safeguards, in realizing the goal of universal adherence to the Treaty in the Middle East…” Resolution singles out Israel while ignoring menacing actions of other states, including Iran’s illegal efforts to acquire nuclear weapons in defiance of Security Council and IAEA resolutions. Ignores overt and repeated threats against the existence of Israel by neighboring states in the region.

Adopted by GA, 12/5/07

Vote: 170 Yes, 5 No, 7 Abstain

 2 A/RES/62/181
Permanent sovereignty of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and of the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan over their natural resources
Egypt on behalf of 25 Islamic Group countries, Cuba, Namibia, Nicaragua, South Africa, Venezuela “Expressing its concern at the exploitation by Israel, the occupying Power, of the natural resources of the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem…” One-sided resolution denies Israel’s right to self-defense by describing every preventative measure as conspiracy against Palestinian resources. Omits mention of Palestinian terrorism or of any Palestinian obligation. Also omits Palestinian destruction of Gaza greenhouses delivered intact by Israel.

• Adopted by GA, 12/19/07

Vote: 166 Yes, 7 No, 6 Abstain

 3 A/RES/62/188
Oil Slick on Lebanese Shores
Pakistan on behalf the Group of 77 and China “Expresses [the GA’s] deep concern over the adverse implications of the premeditated destruction by the Israeli Air Force…for the achievement of sustainable development in Lebanon…” One-sided resolution completely ignores Hezbollah’s role in launching hostilities, firing 4,000 rockets and burning 500,000 trees in Northern Israel. Ignores Lebanon’s non-compliance with SC Resolutions on dismantling Hezbollah. Singles out Israel as only country to be censured under Sustainable Development agenda item.

• Adopted by GA, 12/19/07

Vote: 169 Yes, 8 No, 3 Abstain

 4 A/RES/62/146
The right of the Palestinian people to self-determination
42 Islamic Group countries, 13 European Union countries, 17 African Group countries, 24 other countries  "Urges all States and the specialized agencies and organizations of the United Nations system to continue to support and assist the Palestinian people in the early realization of their right to self-determination." Redundantly asserts a principle that Israel has already recognized. Out of hundreds of self-determination claims worldwide, resolution singles out one: the claim against Israel. Omits Palestinian obligation under the Road Map to dismantle terrorist infrastructure before a state is to be created. • Adopted by GA, 12/18/07

Vote: 176 Yes, 5 No, 4 Abstain
 5 A/RES/62/102
Assistance to Palestine refugees
24 Islamic Group countries, Croatia, Cuba, Namibia, South Africa, Switzerland, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. “Expressing grave concern at the especially difficult situation of the Palestine refugees under occupation, including with regard to their safety, well-being and socio-economic living conditions…” Resolution serves Arab states that seek to preserve Palestinians as pawns in political campaign to delegitimize Israel. Intent and effect of singling out Palestinian from all refugee claims in the world is to isolate and demonize Israel. No reference to egregious Lebanese discrimination against refugees, as documented by Amnesty International report. Redundant to resolutions A/RES/62/80, A/RES/62/104, and A/RES/62/105. • Adopted by GA, 12/17/07

Vote: 171 Yes, 2 No, 6 Abstain
 6 A/RES/62/103
Persons displaced as a result of the June 1967 and subsequent hostilities
24 Islamic Group countries, Cuba, Namibia, South Africa “Reaffirms the right of all persons displaced as a result of the June 1967 and subsequent hostilities to return to their homes or former places of residence in the territories occupied by Israel since 1967..." Resolution is redundant to A/RES/62/80, A/RES/62/104, and A/RES/62/105. Purpose and effect are to single out Israel for censure. Adopted by GA, 12/17/07

Vote: 171 Yes, 6 No, 2 Abstain
 7 A/RES/62/104
Operations of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East
24 Islamic Group countries, Cuba, South Africa “Urges the Government of Israel to speedily compensate the Agency for damage to its property and facilities resulting from actions by the Israeli side…” Perpetuates anomaly whereby Palestinians are only people not served by UNHCR but instead by special agency. Resolution makes one-sided condemnations of Israeli actions, but silent on Palestinian terrorism against Israelis and abuses of Palestinian forces against their own citizens. Ignores UNRWA admission that members of Hamas, a terrorist organization, were on its payroll. • Adopted by GA, 12/17/07

Vote: 170 Yes, 6 No, 3 Abstain
 8 A/RES/62/105
Palestine refugees' properties and their revenues
25 Islamic Group countries, Croatia, Cuba, Namibia, South Africa, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia “Reaffirms that the Palestine refugees are entitled to their property and to the income derived therefrom, in conformity with the principles of equity and justice…” One-sided resolution ignores claims of 900,000 Jewish refugees displaced from Arab lands. Repeats statements previously established for purpose of censuring Israel and is redundant to other 2006 resolutions. Prejudges negotiations. • Adopted by GA, 12/17/07

Vote: 170 Yes, 6 No, 3 Abstain
 9 A/RES/62/106
Work of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories
23 Islamic Group countries, Cuba, South Africa “Deplores those policies and practices of Israel that violate the human rights of the Palestinian people and other Arabs of the occupied territories…” Perpetuates committee with blatantly biased mandate of examining only Israeli actions, but ignoring Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Fatah terrorism. Welcomes election of Hamas. Contrary to international law and resolution 242, claims that occupation is itself a violation. History of 2000 events censors out suicide bombings in Israeli restaurants and civilian areas. • Adopted by GA, 12/17/07

Vote: 93 Yes, 8 No, 74 Abstain
 10 A/RES/62/107
Applicability of the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, of 12 August 1949, to the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and the other occupied Arab territories
24 Islamic Group countries, Cuba, South Africa “Demands that Israel accept the de jure applicability of the Convention in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and other Arab territories occupied by Israel since 1967, and that it comply scrupulously with the provisions of the Convention…” One-sided demands on Israel only. Ignores systematic violation of international humanitarian law by Hamas government, granting impunity to Palestinian firing of Kassam missiles on Israeli cities and other terrorist attacks. • Adopted by GA, 12/17/07

Vote: 169 Yes, 6 No, 3 Abstain
 11 A/RES/62/108
Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and the occupied Syrian Golan
23 Islamic Group countries, Cuba, South Africa “Reaffirms that the Israeli settlements in the Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem, and in the occupied Syrian Golan are illegal and an obstacle to peace and economic and social development…” Adopts Palestinian position on issues that Oslo Accords left to negotiations. Deliberately downplays Israel’s concession of forcibly evacuating 10,000 Israelis from their homes in Gaza. Israel treated with disdain in comparison to praise and deference to governments shown by UN resolutions on Sudan and Myanmar. • Adopted by GA, 12/17/07

Vote: 165 Yes, 7 No, 5 Abstain
 12 A/RES/62/109
Israeli practices affecting the human rights of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem
25 Islamic Group countries, South Africa “Expressing grave concern about the continuing systematic violation of the human rights of the Palestinian people by Israel…” Seeks to strip Israel of its inherent right to self-defense by classifying every such action as violation of international law. In isolated references to attacks against Israel neither the Palestinians nor any other responsible party is named. Condemns Israel for tragic incident in Beit Hanoun without acknowledging Palestinian rocket fire from the area, or distinguishing between deliberate and unintentional acts. Redundant to A/RES/62/106. Demonizes Israel for defending itself from suicide bombings. • Adopted by GA, 12/17/07

Vote: 156 Yes, 7 No, 11 Abstain
 13 A/RES/62/110
The occupied Syrian Golan
24 Islamic Group countries, Cuba, South Africa “The Israeli decision to impose its laws, jurisdiction and administration on the occupied Syrian Golan was null and void and without international legal effect and demanded that Israel, the occupying Power, rescind forthwith its decision…” Ignores Syria’s systematic shelling of Israeli communities from positions on Golan Heights, its leader’s calls for a “war of annihilation” against Israel, and Syria’s 1967 aggression that led to its loss of the territory. Neglects Israel’s offers to trade the Golan for peace, Syria’s sponsorship of the enemies of the peace process, and its support for terrorism. • Adopted by GA, 12/17/07

Vote: 164 Yes, 1 No, 10 Abstain
14

A/RES/62/80
Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People

26 Islamic Group countries, Cuba, Malta, Namibia, Nicaragua, South Africa, Venezuela, Zimbabwe "Requests the Committee to continue to exert all efforts to promote the realization of the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people, to support the Middle East peace process and to mobilize international support for and assistance to the Palestinian people...[and] to mobilize international solidarity and support for the Palestinian people..." Biased committee is one of the veteran pillars of the UN’s anti-Israel infrastructure, the only GA human rights committee devoted to a single cause. Its reports systematically turn a blind eye to Palestinian suicide bombings and other acts of premeditated violence against innocent men, women, and children. Committee’s mandate is only to look at Israeli action and is inherently prejudiced and one-sided.

• Adopted by GA, 12/10/07

Vote: 109 Yes, 8 No, 55 Abstain

15

A/RES/62/81
Division for Palestinian Rights of the Secretariat

26 Islamic Group countries, Cuba, Malta, Namibia, Nicaragua, South Africa, Venezuela,
Zimbabwe 

"Requests the Secretary-General to continue to provide the Division with the necessary resources and to ensure that it continues to carry out its programme of work [including] the widest possible dissemination of publications and information materials on various aspects of the question of Palestine and the provision of the annual training programme for staff of the Palestinian Authority..." The DPR serves the biased special committee and is dedicated to spreading anti-Israel propaganda the world over. Its 16-member staff is grossly disproportionate, comparable to the other four divisions that cover enormous regions. Its work is counter-productive to the peace process and seeks to coordinate international boycotts against Israel instead of seeking bridges for peace. Excludes from its events any group that declines to swear fealty to its hardline politics.

• Adopted by GA, 12/10/07

Vote: 110 Yes, 8 No, 54 Abstain

16 A/RES/62/82
Special information programme on the question of Palestine of the Department of Public Information of the Secretariat

26 Islamic Group countries, Cuba, Malta, Namibia, Nicaragua, South Africa, Venezuela,
Zimbabwe 

"Considers that the special information programme on
the question of Palestine of the Department is very useful in raising the awareness of the international community concerning the question of Palestine and the situation in the Middle East..."
The program is one more example of how the neutral UN secretariat is forcibly co-opted by the anti-Israeli forces at the UN. The program eschews a balanced approach by overtly choosing the Palestinian over the Israeli narrative, ignoring terrorism against Israeli men, women and children and other daily realities of Israeli life. Resources devoted to anti-Israel propaganda are taken away from other worthy causes.

• Adopted by GA, 12/10/07

Vote: 161 Yes, 8 No, 5 Abstain

17 A/RES/62/83
Peaceful settlement of the question of Palestine

26 Islamic Group countries, Cuba, Malta, Namibia, Nicaragua, South Africa, Venezuela,
Zimbabwe 

"Expressing deep concern about the continuing Israeli policy of closures and severe restrictions on the movement of persons and goods, including medical and
humanitarian personnel and goods, via imposition of crossing closures, hundreds of checkpoints and a permit regime throughout the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and the consequent negative impact on the socio-economic situation of the Palestinian people and the compounding of the
prevailing humanitarian crisis..."
Blames Israel only for lack of peace. Expresses "concern" that 59 years have
passed since the 1947 partition plan, suggesting Israel is at fault—when it was the Arab states and their Palestinian allies that uniformly rejected that resolution and initiated hostilities the day after its adoption. Text is redundant to several other resolutions and serves no effect other than demonization. In section that condemns terror, the responsible parties—Hamas, Islamic Jihad, the Palestinian
Authority—are left anonymous, whereas Israel is named and blamed throughout. Prejudges negotiations by adopting Palestinian positions.

• Adopted by GA, 12/10/07

Vote: 161 Yes, 7 No, 5 Abstain

18 A/RES/62/84
Jerusalem

25 Islamic Group countries, Cuba, Malta, Namibia, Nicaragua, South Africa, Venezuela,
Zimbabwe 

"Reiterates its determination that any actions taken by Israel, the occupying Power, to impose its laws, jurisdiction and administration on the Holy City of Jerusalem are illegal and therefore null and void and have no validity whatsoever, and calls upon Israel to cease all such illegal and unilateral measures..." Implies that Israeli administration of Jerusalem hinders freedom of religion when in fact the opposite is true—before 1967, Jordan destroyed Jewish holy sites and denied access to Jews, while under Israel all faiths have access to the city and enjoy full freedoms. Uses harsh language against Israel that is not used even against regimes like North Korea. Repeated passage of annual resolution to address acts from 1980, or matters already covered in other similar resolutions, serve no purpose other than demonization.

• Adopted by GA, 12/10/07

Vote: 160 Yes, 6 No, 7 Abstain

19 A/RES/62/85
The Syrian Golan

26 Islamic Group countries, Cuba, Malta, Namibia, Nicaragua, South Africa, Venezuela,
Zimbabwe 

"Determines once more that the continued occupation of the Syrian Golan and its de facto annexation constitute a stumbling block in the way of achieving a
just, comprehensive and lasting peace in the region..."
Entirely redundant to A/RES/62/110 on “the Occupied Syrian Golan”—see above for equally applicable analysis. Demonstrates utter irrationality and absurdity of devoting precious GA time and resources to anti-Israel resolutions.

• Adopted by GA, 12/10/07

Vote: 111 Yes, 6 No, 56 Abstain