ALI KAZAK. The UN exposes Australia’s shameful votes on the Israeli occupation.

The UN General Assembly’s decolonization committee, which includes all 193 member states, on Friday 15th November 2019 adopted eight resolutions condemning Israel’s occupation and violations against the Palestinians,  its repressive measures against Syrian citizens in the Golan Heights, renewed the mandate of the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), and renewed the mandate of a UN special committee to investigate Israeli practices affecting the human rights of the Palestinian people. Australia unlike all European countries, New Zealand and the overwhelming countries around the world, supported only one resolution, opposed two and abstained on five. Below are the votes and the resolutions.

Following are the resolutions and the full votes:

 

1  “Assistance to Palestine refugees” [A/C.4/74/L.10]: Adopted by a vote of 170 – 2 – 7    (Australia voted yes)

2.  “Persons displaced as a result of the June 1967 and subsequent hostilities” [A/C.4/74/L.11]: Adopted by a vote of 162 – 6 – 9          (Australia Abstained)

3.  “Operations of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East” [A/C.4/74/L.12]: Adopted by a vote of 167 – 5 – 7

(Australia Abstained)

4.   “Palestine refugees’ properties and their revenues” [A/C.4/74/L.13]: Adopted by a vote of 162 – 6 – 9                 (Australia Abstained)

5. “Work of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories” [A/C.4/74/L.14]: Adopted by a vote of 82 – 11 – 78            (Australia voted against)

6.   “Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and the occupied Syrian Golan” [A/C.4/74/L.15]: Adopted by a vote of 156 – 6 – 15

(Australia Abstained)

7 “Israeli practices affecting the human rights of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including EastJerusalem” [A/C.4/74/L.16]: Adopted by a vote of 154 – 8 – 14                   (Australia voted against)

 

8    “The occupied Syrian Golan” [A/C.4/74/L.17]: Adopted by a vote of 155 – 2 – 19       (Australia Abstained)

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Ali Kazak is a former Palestinian ambassador and head of delegation to Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific region.

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