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.
GV & SV Senor Rodolfo Piza Escalate of Costa Rica, chairman of UN special political committee on israel, announcing vote result in Spanish. (4 SHOTS)
SV General Assembly debate with PLO delegate Farouq Quaddoumi speaking in Arabic.
SV Jordanian permanent representative, Dr. Hazem Museibeh, speaking in English on Palestinian question.
MUSEIBEH: "Mr. President, if peace is to be achieved, which we all hope, will be without the potential destruction and devastation in the interim, then the Israelis must undergo a deep reappraisal in their attitude to two basic problems: firstly, to cease being over-obsessed with claims about security, for the ultimate ad absurdum security is the security of the grave. Under conditions of real peace, these considerations become meaningless, and people's minds and energies would be directed towards more rewarding the productive pursuits. Secondly, that the israelis must recognise their guilt in destroying the lives of the Palestinian people, ...who have never done them any wrong in the past, but, to the contrary, welcomed them when many in the world persecuted them."
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Background: 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.