United against the Jewish state

The UN Security Council Resolution 2334

What did happen in the Security Council on December 23, 2016? World news outlets displayed headlines such as “a shameless ambush” or “Palestinian Authority’s victory” and “a show of hostility toward Israel.” Originally a text drafted by Egypt and soon supported by three other Council member states passed by a vote 14−0 as the Resolution 2334 in the Security Council.

The US was the only nation that abstained from voting, declining to block the resolution against Israel. Not even one nation voted against the resolution. Israel has a solitary vote in the UN General Assembly but no vote at all at the UN Security Council.

The Resolution 2334 demands an end to all community and settlement activity and designated all the land Israel captured from Jordan in the 1967 Six-Day War as “Occupied Palestinian territory.” This “territory” includes the East Jerusalem and Jewish holy sites of Temple Mount and the Western Wall in the Old City.

The resolution condemns all construction and expansion of communities (including natural growth), as a violation of an international humanitarian law and relevant resolutions. One of the items in the long list of demands is the UN vision on the region for “the two-State solution, and a just, lasting and comprehensive peace.” For the Palestinian Authority, the resolution has only suggestions, as most of the anti-Israel resolutions.

The Resolution is one-sided. PM Benjamin Netanyahu said immediately after the UN vote, that the Resolution 2334 was the “straw that broke the camel’s back” and that this act of anti-Israel bias will prompt a fundamental shift in the way the international community treats Israel. Only time will tell.

In general, resolutions adopted by the Security

Council acting under Chapter VII of the Charter, are considered binding, in accordance with Article 25 of the Charter. Legal scholars have various opinions on this question. (Reference: The UN Dag Hammarskjold Library)

PM Netanyahu has declared that Israel will not abide by the terms of the Resolution 2334. Nearly 600,000 Jews live in the West Bank communities and parts of the city of Jerusalem, beyond the 1967 boundaries.

Are the UN resolutions binding?

 Prof. Phyllis Chesler (The Middle East Forum) has stated that “the UN has been unable to stop─or to effectively prosecute ─a single atrocity, including genocide, that member nations have committed since the UN came into being. It has never even attempted to punish those who practice gender and religious apartheid. The most barbaric Muslim-on-Muslim violence and Muslim-on-infidel violence has never been addressed by the United Nations. The UN has been effective on only one thing: Legitimizing and legalizing Jew-hatred in the world.”

The US Ambassador to the United Nations is Samantha Power. She has gained a reputation of speaking the truth and strongly opposing any actions of genocide anywhere in the world. However, she did nothing to condemned Turkey in the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide in 2015. Furthermore, for the entire year of 2016, she looked the other direction when ½ million Syrians were killed, thousands perished in Sudan, Nigeria, Yemen and Libya. Only when Palestinians used the United Nations as a weapon against Israel, Samantha Power saw an opportunity to act. It seems that her main interest for the year was to oppose Israel for building homes for her citizens!