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VI - General Assembly: Israel-Related Resolutions Opposed by the United States


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Bureau of International Organization Affairs
April 22, 2013

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Public Law 101-246, as amended by Public Law 108-447, calls for a separate listing of all Plenary votes cast by UN member states in the General Assembly on resolutions specifically related to Israel that are opposed by the United States. For the 67th UN General Assembly in 2012, 19 resolutions met the criteria.

This section contains two parts: (1) a listing and description of the Israel-related votes at the 67th UNGA in which the United States voted No, and (2) voting coincidence percentages with the United States on all 19 resolutions, alphabetically by country.

The following resolutions are identified by a short title, document number, date of vote, and results (Yes-No-Abstain), with the U.S. vote noted. All resolutions are or will be available here: http://www.un.org/en/ga/67/resolutions.shtml

For the United States, these annual General Assembly resolutions condemning Israel are repetitive, disproportionate, and one-sided. Israel is singled out repeatedly for criticism, while the resolutions do not fully acknowledge that all parties to the conflict bear direct responsibility for ending it. The following hyperlinks address the U.S. position on the situation in the Middle East and/or directly address the votes discussed:

The resolutions are listed by the order in which they were approved by the General Assembly.

1. Status of Palestine in the United Nations

A/Res/67/19
November 29
138-9(U.S.)-41

The United States believes the only way to establish a Palestinian state is through direct negotiations between the parties to resolve all permanent-status issues. Moreover, Israel and the Palestinians repeatedly have affirmed their obligation to resolve all issues through direct negotiations. The United States continues to oppose unilateral actions in international bodies or treaties to circumvent or prejudge the outcome of permanent-status issues, including Palestinian statehood.

Voting with the United States: Canada; Czech Republic; Israel; Marshall Islands; Micronesia; Nauru; Palau; and Panama.  Web Resource: Explanation of Vote by Ambassador Susan E. Rice

2. Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People

A/Res/67/20
November 30
106-7(US)-56

The General Assembly established this Committee in 1975, and renews its support annually.

Voting with the United States: Australia; Canada; Israel; Marshall Islands; Micronesia; and Palau.  Web Resource: Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People

3. Division for Palestinian Rights of the Secretariat

A/Res/67/21
November 30
103-7(US)-61

The General Assembly established the Division for Palestinian Rights in 1977. It renews its support annually.

Voting with the United States: Australia; Canada; Israel; Marshall Islands; Micronesia; and Palau. Web Resource: Division for Palestinian Rights of the Secretariat

4. Special information program on the question of Palestine of the Department of Public Information of the Secretariat

A/Res/67/22
November 30
160-7(US)-7

The General Assembly established the Special Information Program by Resolution 32/40 B (1977). The United States believes that the continuation of this Program embodies institutional discrimination against Israel, and is inconsistent with UN support for the efforts of the Quartet to achieve a just and durable solution. (The Quartet is a group comprised of the United States, the United Nations, the European Union, and Russia.)

Voting with the United States: Australia; Canada; Israel; Marshall Islands; Micronesia; and Palau.  Web Resource: Secretariat Department of Public Information

5. Peaceful settlement of the question of Palestine

A/Res/67/23
November 30
163-6(US)-5

Since 1967, the General Assembly has continually adopted resolutions about resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. While the United States agrees with the necessity of achieving a peaceful settlement to the conflict and that both parties need to fulfill their obligations implementing the Road Map, the United States believes that the resolution is one-sided in its criticism of Israel. The resolution also states how issues should be resolved, while the United States believes these issues should be resolved between the parties through negotiations.

Voting with the United States: Canada; Israel; Marshall Islands; Micronesia; and Palau. 

6. Jerusalem

A/RES/67/24
November 30
162-7(US)-6

The General Assembly has adopted a resolution concerning Jerusalem every year since 1967. The United States believes that the final status of Jerusalem should be resolved by the parties to the conflict as part of a final, permanent status resolution that also includes the status of borders, refugees, and settlements.

Voting with the United States: Canada; Israel; Marshall Islands; Micronesia; Nauru; and Palau.

7. The Syrian Golan

A/Res/67/25
November 30
110-6(US)-59

The General Assembly has adopted a resolution concerning the Syrian Golan every year since 1967. The United States believes this resolution prejudges the outcome of final-status negotiations, and that Israel and Syria should resolve the issue of the Syrian Golan through negotiations. Additionally, the United States believes Syria should halt its support for terrorist organizations, including Hizballah.

Voting with the United States: Canada; Israel; Marshall Islands; Micronesia; and Palau.

8. The risk of nuclear proliferation in the Middle East

A/Res/67/73
December 3
110-6(US)-59

A resolution on this issue was first adopted by the General Assembly in 1979. This resolution is biased, dealing solely with expressions of concern about Israel’s activities, without reference to other questions regarding the problem of nuclear proliferation in the region. There was a large voting shift on this resolution in 2012: Votes in favor of the resolution dropped by more than 50 compared to 2011, while abstentions increased by more than 50 votes.

Voting with the United States: Canada; Israel; Marshall Islands; Micronesia; and Palau.

9. Persons displaced as a result of the June 1967 and subsequent hostilities

A/Res/67/115
December 18
170-6(US)-4

Following the June 1967 hostilities, the General Assembly has consistently adopted a resolution concerning displaced persons. The United States believes that the parties to the conflict should resolve the issue of displaced persons through final-status negotiations among themselves.

Voting with the United States: Canada; Israel; Marshall Islands; Micronesia; and Palau.

10. Operations of the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) for Palestine Refugees in the Near East

A/Res/67/116
December 18
172-6(US)-1

The General Assembly established UNRWA in 1949 by Resolution 302 (IV). The United States believes that singling out Israel, without taking into account the context of Israel’s actions, is not useful in settling the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The United States also believes that extraneous issues in a resolution that renews UNRWA’s mandate are not appropriate.

Voting with the United States: Canada; Israel; Marshall Islands; Micronesia; and Palau.  Web Resource: UNRWA

11. Palestine refugees’ properties and their revenues

A/Res/67/117
December 18
173-6(US)-2

The General Assembly established the UN Conciliation Commission for Palestine in 1948. Among other tasks, the Commission is mandated to facilitate the repatriation, resettlement, and economic and social rehabilitation of the Palestinian refugees and their compensation. The United States believes that the parties to the conflict should resolve the issue of properties and their revenues through final-status negotiations.

Voting with the United States: Canada; Israel; Marshall Islands; Micronesia; and Palau.  Web Resource: Conciliation Commission for Palestine (pp. 21-25)

12. 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/Res/67/118
December 18
98-8(US)-72

The General Assembly established the Special Committee by Resolution 2443 (XXIII) in 1968. The United States believes that this committee embodies institutional discrimination against Israel, that it should be abolished, and actively lobbies other countries to withdraw their support for the annual resolution that renews the Committee’s mandate.

Voting with the United States: Australia; Canada; Israel; Marshall Islands; Micronesia; Palau; and Panama.  Web Resources: 2011 Human Rights Report: Israel and the occupied territories; Special Committee [GA Resolution 2443 (XXIII)]; Report of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories (Click on “English” tab)

13. 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

A/Res/67/119
December 18
171-6(US)-3

The General Assembly first adopted this resolution in 1973. The United States believes that this resolution singles out Israel, isolates it for criticism, and implicitly prejudges the outcome of final-status negotiations.

Voting with the United States: Canada; Israel; Marshall Islands; Micronesia; and Palau.  Web Resource: Geneva Convention IV: Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War

14. Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and the occupied Syrian Golan

A/Res/67/120
December 18
169-6(US)-5

Since 1967, the General Assembly has continually adopted resolutions about resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The United States considers this resolution to be an unbalanced assessment of Israeli settlements in the territories. The United States believes that singling out Israel, without taking into account the context of Israel’s actions, is not useful in settling the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Voting with the United States: Canada; Israel; Marshall Islands; Micronesia; and Palau.

15. Israeli practices affecting the human rights of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem

A/Res/67/121
December 18
164-8(US)-6

Since 1967, the General Assembly has repeatedly adopted resolutions about resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The United States believes that the provision concerning the preservation of territorial integrity should be decided between the parties, not in a UN resolution. Also, the United States believes that singling out Israel’s actions and ignoring those of the Palestinians is not useful in settling the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Voting with the United States: Australia; Canada; Israel; Marshall Islands; Micronesia; Palau; and Panama.

16. Global efforts for the total elimination of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance and the comprehensive implementation of and follow-up to the Durban Declaration and Program of Action

A/Res/67/155
December 20
133-7(US)-48

Since the original Durban Declaration in 2001, implementation of its Program of Action has included displays of intolerance and anti-Semitism, which the United States does not believe should be commemorated. The United States is fully committed to upholding the human rights of all individuals, and to combat racial discrimination, intolerance, and bigotry. It stands ready to work with all partners to uphold human rights and fight racism around the world.

Voting with the United States: Australia; Canada; Czech Republic; Israel; Marshall Islands; and Palau.  Web Resource: Remarks by Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism Hannah Rosenthal

17. The right of the Palestinian people to self-determination

A/Res/67/158
December 20
179-7(US)-3

The General Assembly first adopted this resolution in 1994. The United States does not object to the Palestinian people’s right of self-determination, but believes that renewing this resolution is unhelpful in resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It does not facilitate the U.S.-endorsed vision of a two-state solution. This vision can only be achieved through direct negotiations between the parties, not by UN resolutions.

Voting with the United States: Canada; Israel; Marshall Islands; Micronesia; Nauru; and Palau.

18. Oil Slick on Lebanese Shores

A/Res/67/201
December 21
172-9(US)-5

This resolution was first passed in 2006, after thousands of tons of oil spilled into the Mediterranean Sea when Israeli air strikes damaged the El-Jiyah power plant during the Israel-Hizballah conflict that summer. The United States regrets the pollution of the Lebanese shores. However, this recurring resolution is unbalanced because it fails to acknowledge that the terrorist group Hizballah provoked the conflict. It remains inappropriate for the General Assembly to take a position on Israel’s responsibility for compensating Lebanon.

Voting with the United States: Australia; Canada; Israel; Marshall Islands; Micronesia; Nauru; Palau; and South Sudan.

19. 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

A/Res/67/229
December 21
170-7(US)-9

The General Assembly first adopted this resolution in 1994. While not objecting to the Palestinian people’s right of self-determination, the United States believes that renewing this resolution is unhelpful in resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It does not facilitate the vision of a two-state solution, which the United States has endorsed. This vision can only be achieved through direct negotiations between the parties, not UN resolutions.

Voting with the United States: Canada; Israel; Marshall Islands; Micronesia; Nauru; and Palau.

COMPARISON WITH U.S. VOTES

The table that follows summarizes UN member state performance at the Fall session of the 67th General Assembly in comparison with the 18 votes related to Israel for which the United States voted No. In these tables, “Same” is the total number of times the United States and the listed state both voted Yes or No on these issues. “Opposite” is the total number of times the United States voted Yes and the listed state No, or the United States voted No and the listed state Yes. Abstentions and absences are recorded but omitted from coincidence percentage calculations. “Coincidence With U.S.” is derived by dividing the number of identical votes by the sum of identical plus opposite votes, expressed as a percentage.

The 2012 coincidence rate with the United States on anti-Israel votes was 3.7 percent, down slightly from 4.1 percent in 2011, 4.4 percent in 2010, and 4.2 percent in 2009.

Of the 19 anti-Israel resolutions where the United States and Israel voted No, only nine other countries cast even a single vote with them. Canada, the Marshall Islands, and Palau voted with them on all 19 resolutions. Micronesia did so on 18, with one absence. 

ALL COUNTRIES (ALPHABETICAL)

COUNTRY

SAME

OPPOSITE

ABSTAIN

ABSENT

COINCIDENCE
WITH U.S.

Afghanistan

0

19

0

0

0.0%

Albania

0

13

6

0

0.0%

Algeria

0

19

0

0

0.0%

Andorra

0

13

6

0

0.0%

Angola

0

19

0

0

0.0%

Antigua-Barbuda

0

19

0

0

0.0%

Argentina

0

18

1

0

0.0%

Armenia

0

16

2

1

0.0%

Australia

7

7

5

0

50.0%

Austria

0

14

5

0

0.0%

Azerbaijan

0

19

0

0

0.0%

Bahamas

0

17

2

0

0.0%

Bahrain

0

19

0

0

0.0%

Bangladesh

0

19

0

0

0.0%

Barbados

0

18

1

0

0.0%

Belarus

0

17

0

2

0.0%

Belgium

0

14

5

0

0.0%

Belize

0

19

0

0

0.0%

Benin

0

19

0

0

0.0%

Bhutan

0

19

0

0

0.0%

Bolivia

0

19

0

0

0.0%

Bosnia-Herzegovina

0

13

6

0

0.0%

Botswana

0

18

1

0

0.0%

Brazil

0

19

0

0

0.0%

Brunei Darussalam

0

19

0

0

0.0%

Bulgaria

0

13

6

0

0.0%

Burkina Faso

0

17

0

2

0.0%

Burundi

0

15

3

1

0.0%

Cambodia

0

19

0

0

0.0%

Cameroon

0

1

18

0

0.0%

Canada

19

0

0

0

100.0%

Cape Verde

0

19

0

0

0.0%

Central African Republic

0

7

0

12

0.0%

Chad

0

6

0

13

0.0%

Chile

0

19

0

0

0.0%

China

0

19

0

0

0.0%

Colombia

0

14

5

0

0.0%

Comoros

0

19

0

0

0.0%

Congo

0

19

0

0

0.0%

Costa Rica

0

18

1

0

0.0%

Cote d'Ivoire

0

18

1

0

0.0%

Croatia

0

13

6

0

0.0%

Cuba

0

19

0

0

0.0%

Cyprus

0

17

2

0

0.0%

Czech Republic

2

13

4

0

13.3%

DPR of Korea

0

19

0

0

0.0%

Dem. Rep. of Congo

0

4

1

14

0.0%

Denmark

0

14

5

0

0.0%

Djibouti

0

19

0

0

0.0%

Dominica

0

18

0

1

0.0%

Dominican Republic

0

19

0

0

0.0%

Ecuador

0

19

0

0

0.0%

Egypt

0

19

0

0

0.0%

El Salvador

0

12

7

0

0.0%

Equatorial Guinea

0

1

0

18

0.0%

Eritrea

0

18

0

1

0.0%

Estonia

0

13

6

0

0.0%

Ethiopia

0

17

2

0

0.0%

Fiji

0

15

4

0

0.0%

Finland

0

14

5

0

0.0%

France

0

14

5

0

0.0%

Gabon

0

12

0

7

0.0%

Gambia

0

12

1

6

0.0%

Georgia

0

14

5

0

0.0%

Germany

0

13

6

0

0.0%

Ghana

0

9

0

10

0.0%

Greece

0

14

5

0

0.0%

Grenada

0

19

0

0

0.0%

Guatemala

0

15

4

0

0.0%

Guinea

0

19

0

0

0.0%

Guinea-Bissau

0

13

0

6

0.0%

Guyana

0

19

0

0

0.0%

Haiti

0

18

1

0

0.0%

Honduras

0

8

11

0

0.0%

Hungary

0

13

6

0

0.0%

Iceland

0

15

4

0

0.0%

India

0

18

1

0

0.0%

Indonesia

0

19

0

0

0.0%

Iran

0

19

0

0

0.0%

Iraq

0

19

0

0

0.0%

Ireland

0

14

5

0

0.0%

Israel

19

0

0

0

100.0%

Italy

0

14

5

0

0.0%

Jamaica

0

19

0

0

0.0%

Japan

0

14

5

0

0.0%

Jordan

0

19

0

0

0.0%

Kazakhstan

0

19

0

0

0.0%

Kenya

0

19

0

0

0.0%

Kiribati

0

0

0

19

0.0

Kuwait

0

19

0

0

0.0%

Kyrgyzstan

0

19

0

0

0.0%

Laos

0

19

0

0

0.0%

Latvia

0

13

6

0

0.0%

Lebanon

0

19

0

0

0.0%

Lesotho

0

19

0

0

0.0%

Liberia

0

15

3

1

0.0%

Libya

0

19

0

0

0.0%

Liechtenstein

0

14

5

0

0.0%

Lithuania

0

13

6

0

0.0%

Luxembourg

0

14

5

0

0.0%

Madagascar

0

5

0

14

0.0%

Malawi

0

9

2

8

0.0%

Malaysia

0

19

0

0

0.0%

Maldives

0

19

0

0

0.0%

Mali

0

19

0

0

0.0%

Malta

0

16

3

0

0.0%

Marshall Islands

19

0

0

0

100.0%

Mauritania

0

19

0

0

0.0%

Mauritius

0

19

0

0

0.0%

Mexico

0

18

1

0

0.0%

Micronesia

18

0

0

1

100.0%

Monaco

0

13

6

0

0.0%

Mongolia

0

15

2

2

0.0%

Montenegro

0

13

6

0

0.0%

Morocco

0

19

0

0

0.0%

Mozambique

0

19

0

0

0.0%

Myanmar

0

13

0

6

0.0%

Namibia

0

19

0

0

0.0%

Nauru

5

0

1

13

100.0%

Nepal

0

19

0

0

0.0%

Netherlands

0

13

6

0

0.0%

New Zealand

0

14

5

0

0.0%

Nicaragua

0

19

0

0

0.0%

Niger

0

18

0

1

0.0%

Nigeria

0

19

0

0

0.0%

Norway

0

14

5

0

0.0%

Oman

0

19

0

0

0.0%

Pakistan

0

19

0

0

0.0%

Palau

19

0

0

0

100.0%

Panama

3

7

9

0

30.0%

Papua New Guinea

0

4

14

1

0.0%

Paraguay

0

17

2

0

0.0%

Peru

0

16

3

0

0.0%

Philippines

0

18

1

0

0.0%

Poland

0

13

6

0

0.0%

Portugal

0

14

5

0

0.0%

Qatar

0

19

0

0

0.0%

Republic of Korea

0

13

6

0

0.0%

Republic of Moldova

0

13

6

0

0.0%

Romania

0

13

6

0

0.0%

Russia

0

16

3

0

0.0%

Rwanda

0

10

3

6

0.0%

St. Kitts and Nevis

0

6

0

13

0.0%

Saint Lucia

0

19

0

0

0.0%

St. Vincent/ Grenadines

0

19

0

0

0.0%

Samoa

0

13

6

0

0.0%

San Marino

0

13

6

0

0.0%

Sao Tome and Principe

0

3

0

16

0.0%

Saudi Arabia

0

19

0

0

0.0%

Senegal

0

19

0

0

0.0%

Serbia

0

14

5

0

0.0%

Seychelles

0

5

0

14

0.0%

Sierra Leone

0

9

0

10

0.0%

Singapore

0

18

1

0

0.0%

Slovak Republic

0

13

6

0

0.0%

Slovenia

0

13

6

0

0.0%

Solomon Islands

0

19

0

0

0.0%

Somalia

0

17

0

2

0.0%

South Africa

0

19

0

0

0.0%

South Sudan

1

4

0

14

20.0%

Spain

0

14

5

0

0.0%

Sri Lanka

0

19

0

0

0.0%

Sudan

0

19

0

0

0.0%

Suriname

0

19

0

0

0.0%

Swaziland

0

13

0

6

0.0%

Sweden

0

14

5

0

0.0%

Switzerland

0

14

5

0

0.0%

Syria

0

19

0

0

0.0%

Tajikistan

0

19

0

0

0.0%

Thailand

0

18

1

0

0.0%

TFYR Macedonia

0

13

6

0

0.0%

Timor Leste

0

16

1

2

0.0%

Togo

0

14

5

0

0.0%

Tonga

0

4

12

3

0.0%

Trinidad/Tobago

0

19

0

0

0.0%

Tunisia

0

19

0

0

0.0%

Turkey

0

19

0

0

0.0%

Turkmenistan

0

18

0

1

0.0%

Tuvalu

0

19

0

0

0.0%

Uganda

0

19

0

0

0.0%

Ukraine

0

13

5

1

0.0%

United Arab Emirates

0

19

0

0

0.0%

United Kingdom

0

14

5

0

0.0%

U.R. Tanzania

0

19

0

0

0.0%

Uruguay

0

18

1

0

0.0%

Uzbekistan

0

19

0

0

0.0%

Vanuatu

0

7

12

0

0.0%

Venezuela

0

19

0

0

0.0%

Vietnam

0

19

0

0

0.0%

Yemen

0

19

0

0

0.0%

Zambia

0

18

0

1

0.0%

Zimbabwe

0

19

0

0

0.0%

 

Totals

 

112

 

2888

 

399

 

249

 

3.7%



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