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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Security Council resolution 2334 calls Israel to cease all settlement activities

Samantha Power (top centre), United States Permanent Representative to the UN, signals her country’s abstention in the vote.
The Security Council,
Reaffirming its relevant resolutions, including resolutions 242 (1967), 338 (1973), 446 (1979), 452 (1979), 465 (1980), 476 (1980), 478 (1980), 1397 (2002), 1515 (2003), and 1850 (2008),
Guided by the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations, and reaffirming, inter alia, the inadmissibility of the acquisition of territory by force,
Reaffirming the obligation of Israel, the occupying Power, to abide scrupulously by its legal obligations and responsibilities under the Fourth Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, of 12 August 1949, and recalling the advisory opinion rendered on 9 July 2004 by the International Court of Justice,
Condemning all measures aimed at altering the demographic composition, character and status of the Palestinian Territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, including, inter alia, the construction and expansion of settlements, transfer of Israeli settlers, confiscation of land, demolition of homes and displacement of Palestinian civilians, in violation of international humanitarian law and relevant resolutions,
Expressing grave concern that continuing Israeli settlement activities are dangerously imperilling the viability of the two-State solution based on the 1967 lines,
Recalling the obligation under the Quartet Roadmap, endorsed by its resolution 1515 (2003), for a freeze by Israel of all settlement activity, including “natural growth”, and the dismantlement of all settlement outposts erected since March 2001,
Recalling also the obligation under the Quartet roadmap for the Palestinian Authority Security Forces to maintain effective operations aimed at confronting all those engaged in terror and dismantling terrorist capabilities, including the confiscation of illegal weapons,
Condemning all acts of violence against civilians, including acts of terror, as well as all acts of provocation, incitement and destruction,
Reiterating its vision of a region where two democratic States, Israel and Palestine, live side by side in peace within secure and recognized borders,
Stressing that the status quo is not sustainable and that significant steps, consistent with the transition contemplated by prior agreements, are urgently needed in order to (i) stabilize the situation and to reverse negative trends on the ground, which are steadily eroding the two-State solution and entrenching a one-State reality, and (ii) to create the conditions for successful final status negotiations and for advancing the two-State solution through those negotiations and on the ground,

  1. Reaffirms that the establishment by Israel of settlements in the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, has no legal validity and constitutes a flagrant violation under international law and a major obstacle to the achievement of the two-State solution and a just, lasting and comprehensive peace;
  2. Reiterates its demand that Israel immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem, and that it fully respect all of its legal obligations in this regard;
  3. Underlines that it will not recognize any changes to the 4 June 1967 lines, including with regard to Jerusalem, other than those agreed by the parties through negotiations;
  4. Stresses that the cessation of all Israeli settlement activities is essential for salvaging the two-State solution, and calls for affirmative steps to be taken immediately to reverse the negative trends on the ground that are imperilling the two-State solution;
  5. Calls upon all States, bearing in mind paragraph 1 of this resolution, to distinguish, in their relevant dealings, between the territory of the State of Israel and the territories occupied since 1967;
  6. Calls for immediate steps to prevent all acts of violence against civilians, including acts of terror, as well as all acts of provocation and destruction, calls for accountability in this regard, and calls for compliance with obligations under international law for the strengthening of ongoing efforts to combat terrorism, including through existing security coordination, and to clearly condemn all acts of terrorism;
  7. Calls upon both parties to act on the basis of international law, including international humanitarian law, and their previous agreements and obligations, to observe calm and restraint, and to refrain from provocative actions, incitement and inflammatory rhetoric, with the aim, inter alia, of de-escalating the situation on the ground, rebuilding trust and confidence, demonstrating through policies and actions a genuine commitment to the two-State solution, and creating the conditions necessary for promoting peace;
  8. Calls upon all parties to continue, in the interest of the promotion of peace and security, to exert collective efforts to launch credible negotiations on all final status issues in the Middle East peace process and within the time frame specified by the Quartet in its statement of 21 September 2010;
  9. Urges in this regard the intensification and acceleration of international and regional diplomatic efforts and support aimed at achieving, without delay a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East on the basis of the relevant United Nations resolutions, the Madrid terms of reference, including the principle of land for peace, the Arab Peace Initiative and the Quartet Roadmap and an end to the Israeli occupation that began in 1967; and underscores in this regard the importance of the ongoing efforts to advance the Arab Peace Initiative, the initiative of France for the convening of an international peace conference, the recent efforts of the Quartet, as well as the efforts of Egypt and the Russian Federation;
  10. Confirms its determination to support the parties throughout the negotiations and in the implementation of an agreement;
  11. Reaffirms its determination to examine practical ways and means to secure the full implementation of its relevant resolutions;
  12. Requests the Secretary-General to report to the Council every three months on the implementation of the provisions of the present resolution;
  13. Decides to remain seized of the matter.
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  1. BTW, 242, the first resolution mentioned, does not speak of a "Palestine" or "Palestinian territories" which could mean there were no such things at the time. It also only speaks of "refugees" and no "Palestinian people". Seems all that was developed or produced in the years following.

  2. Great resolution! This is a welcome renewal of UNSC longstanding condemnation of Israel’s ongoing theft of Palestinian land. UNSC should also apply sanctions if Israel fails to comply. Thank you!

  3. YMedad, this old lie of yours trying to make it sound like Palestine or Palestinians never existed is not working on anyone anymore mate. You can choose to keep burying your head in the sand or educate your brainwashed mind to the history of that region. Palestine is surrounded by an Arab population from all sides, so what you are trying to convince the world (and failing miserably to do so) is that Palestine was empty before the Jews of Europe sought refuge in Palestine? The British had a mandate over PALESTINE. There are countless old maps, books, parliamentary records, and most importantly PEOPLE who live until today and are older than the state of Israel to prove the existence of Palestine and the Palestinian people. Go troll elsewhere.

    1. The term "Palestine" was originally used by the Romans as a latinisation of the term Philistia, the territory occupied by the Philistines (who were neither Arab, nor Jewish). The term fell into disuse at the fall of the Roman Empire, and was not used again until 1922 when the League of Nations mandated Great Britain to supervise the creation of a national homeland for Jews in the region. Until that time Arabs living in the area were loosely governed under the shifting territorial divisions of the Ottoman Empire - none of which were called Palestine. During the Mandate period, Arabs refused to identify as "Palestinian" because of the term's Jewish connotations. "Palestine" ceased being used as the name of a recognised sovereign territory in 1948 at the end of the British mandate. The region was not "empty" prior to the Mandate, although it was sparsely populated, which could be said of most of the Middle East. There had been both Syrian Arabs and Jews (Israelites) in more or less equal proportions dwelling together in the region for millenia. The end of the 19th century saw a gradual increase of Jewish immigration to the region concurrently with Arab immigration. The Arabs (some of whom were descended from families that had a long history in the region, alongside many who didn't) began to self-identify as "Palestinians" only with the growth of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO) under Yasser Arafat from 1964. YMedad's reference to the absence of the term "Palestinian" from resolution 242 is therefore completely relevant.

    2. "There had been both Syrian Arabs and Jews (Israelites) in more or less equal proportions dwelling together in the region for millenia."

      I would recommend anyone reading the above post to take what Simon says to be in the spirit of the childrens game.

      Even when the 'Jewish Agency in PALESTINE' changed its name to 'Israel' one day in 1948, Jews made up only 30% of Palestine's population. And this after 70 years of relentless Jewish immigration to Palestine. In the Ottoman census of 1878, jews were only 3% of population in Palestine.

      Source: Israel/Palestine: Competing Histories, by Mike Berry & Greg Philo.

      P.S. It's interesting to know that on the Wikipedia page for the population of Palestine through the ages, the source is Sergio DellaPergola. On his wikipedia page it says, "DellaPergola was an active member of Jewish youth movements and student organizations".
      "He has.....served as senior policy consultant to the President of Israel, the Israeli government, the Jerusalem municipality...."

      Maybe Wikipedia should change its name to Fakepedia.

  4. America's abstention seems curiously at variance with it's reported strategic relationship with the state of Israel---as distinct from its relationship with the Israeli government---to date.

    It raises the questions:

    Who drafted this particular resolution, and when? Who moved/proposed it? Was it taken up routinely in the due course of business, or out of turn?

  5. "Recalling also the obligation under the Quartet roadmap for the Palestinian Authority Security Forces to maintain effective operations aimed at confronting all those engaged in terror and dismantling terrorist capabilities, including the confiscation of illegal weapons,"
    This clause is going to cause some friction with the programme of financial incentives offered by PA and Fatah to those martyred for the cause.

  6. The "Palestinian" people were created by exports from KGB in Siviet Union war against Israel - American ally in Meadle East.