Fri 19 Apr 2024 9:14 am - Jerusalem Time

Condemnations of the use of the American “veto” against Palestine’s UN membership

Palestinian and Arab official bodies condemned the United States' use of its veto power in the UN Security Council to prevent the State of Palestine from obtaining full membership in the United Nations.

The Palestinian Presidency confirmed that the American “veto” is unfair, immoral, and unjustified, and defies the will of the international community, which strongly supports the State of Palestine obtaining full membership in the United Nations, as the majority of countries in the world recognize a Palestinian state since 2012 when the United Nations General Assembly voted to raise the status of Palestine in the United Nations to observer state status.

The presidency stressed that this aggressive American policy towards Palestine, its people, and its legitimate rights represents a blatant aggression against international law, and encourages the continuation of the Israeli war of genocide against our people in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including occupied Jerusalem, and further pushes the region to the brink of abyss, in light of the continued Israeli occupation. For the land of the State of Palestine and the continuation of the policies of aggression and war crimes carried out under the auspices and support of the United States of America, which has continued to use its “veto” against the rights of our people.

The presidency confirmed that this aggressive American veto reveals the contradictions of American policy, which claims, on the one hand, to support the two-state solution, while it prevents the international institution from implementing this solution through its repeated use of the veto in the Security Council against Palestine and its legitimate rights.

In turn, the Hamas movement called on the international community to “pressure to override the American will and support the struggle of our people and their legitimate right to self-determination.”

It considered that Washington's veto against granting Palestine full membership in the United Nations isolates the American administration from international will.

For his part, Jordanian Foreign Ministry spokesman Sufyan Al-Qudah said, “The international community supports the two-state solution that Israel is undermining, which makes recognition of the Palestinian state a duty for the Security Council, to prevent Israel from continuing to deprive the Palestinian people of their right to freedom and a state.”

He added: "Jordan calls on all countries to recognize the Palestinian state, without which security and peace will not be achieved in the region, along the lines of June 4, 1967, with East Jerusalem as its capital."

For its part, the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed that obstructing the acceptance of full membership of the State of Palestine in the United Nations contributes to perpetuating the intransigence of the Israeli occupation and its continued violations of the rules of international law without deterrence, and will not bring the desired peace closer.

The Kingdom renewed its demand that the international community assume its responsibility to stop the Israeli occupation’s attacks on civilians in the Gaza Strip, and to support the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination and establish their Palestinian state on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital, in accordance with the Arab Peace Initiative and relevant international resolutions.

In turn, the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said, “Recognizing the Palestinian state and approving its full membership in the United Nations is an inherent right of the Palestinian people, who have suffered from the Israeli occupation for more than 70 years, and an important step on the path to implementing the provisions of international law and the recognized resolutions of international legitimacy. To establish the two-state solution and preserve the legitimate and inalienable rights of the Palestinian people, stressing the necessity of fully enabling them to exercise all their legitimate rights.”

It also considered obstructing the recognition of the right of the Palestinian people to recognize their state not in line with the legal and historical responsibility placed on the international community towards ending the occupation and reaching a final and just solution to the Palestinian issue.


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Condemnations of the use of the American “veto” against Palestine’s UN membership