The special political committee of the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday (28 November) approved by large majorities three resolutions condemning Israeli practices and policies in the occupied Arab territories.
The special political committee of the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday (28 November) approved by large majorities three resolutions condemning Israeli practices and policies in the occupied Arab territories. Because all UN members belong to this committee, the three resolutions were considered certain to be approved when submitted to the full Assembly. Israel voted against all three. The previous day, a Palestine Liberation Organisation observer, Farouq Quaddoumi, told the General Assembly debate on the Palestine question that the Camp David accords were an invitation to war, not peace. Then, on Tuesday, Jordans permanent representative, Dr. Hazem Museibeh, said Israel had to stop being obsessed with claims about security, and recognise what he called its guilt in destroying the lives of Palestinian people.
SYNOPSIS: The chairman, Senor Rodolfo Piza of Costa Rica, announcing the result of one of the votes. The first resolution called on Israel to acknowledge and comply with provisions of the 1949 Geneva Convention on protecting civilians in time of war. The second called on Israel to "desist forthwith from taking any legal action which would result in changing the legal status, geographical nature or demographic composition of Arab territories occupied since 1967, including Jerusalem". The third resolution condemned Israel for establishing and expanding settlements and displacing and expelling Arab residents. The day before, Mr. Quaddoumi had spoken in Arabic against Camd David.
Mr. Quaddoumi was one of the early speakers on the Palestinian question debate on Monday (27 November).
He was strongly critical of the series of accords that Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin signed at their talks at the united States presidential retreat of Camp David earlier this year. He described the accords as an invitation to war not peace. Mr. Quaddoumi said the PLO regarded the United Nations General Assembly as the only acceptable forum for settling the multitude of issues concerning peace in the Middle East. This applied especially to the crucial issue: the rights of Palestinians. Mr. Quaddoumi went on to say that only one other forum existed outside the United Nations - and this was the battlefield. The next day, the Jordanian representative, Dr. Museibeh had a warning for Israel.