SWC Urges World Leaders to Reject Deceitful Palestinian “Anti-Peace” United Nations Resolution

December 1, 2022

The Simon Wiesenthal Center today called on world leaders to oppose an “anti-peace” Palestinian Authority resolution that asks the United Nations  to involve the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.

“This ill-conceived Palestinian move is a nothing more than a ploy to undermine Israel’s sovereignty and the necessity of negotiations between the parties for a resolution to the conflict,” said Rabbi Eric J. Greenberg, Director of United Nations Relations and Strategic Partnerships. 

In an unprecedented move,  the Palestinian Authority wants the UN to ask the Hague-based ICJ  to offer legal opinions on two already rigged  questions: Israel’s “ongoing violation of the Palestinian people’s right to self-determination” and “how the ongoing occupation should affect the international community’s treatment of Israel and the legal status of the ‘occupied territory.’’

“By declaring the occupation illegal in this Palestinian-backed resolution, this resolution in effect is saying that instead of a negotiated solution to the conflict, a solution should be imposed on the State of Israel, which is unacceptable,” Greenberg said. 

Rabbi Abraham Cooper, SWC’s Associate Dean and Director of Global Action said the Palestinian resolution “is filled with lies and one-sided anti-Israel actions and offenses that moves us further away from truth and peace.” 

Particularly deceitful, Cooper said, is the resolution omitting Jewish ties to the Temple Mount by calling it only by its Arabic name, and saying it is part of occupied Palestinian territory.

The anti-peace Palestinian resolution is expected to be voted on at the UN General Assembly later this month. 

““The United Nations should not be rewarding the PA’s bad behavior by holding out the possibility that Israel will be forced to make concessions without the Palestinians having to stop their genocidal hate and pay-to-slay-Jews-policy,” said Cooper and Greenberg. “We urge world leaders to tell the Palestinian Authority to drop this ill-conceived anti-peace resolution and uphold the principle of direct negotiations which is accepted by Israel, the Palestinians and the international community.” 

A UN committee last month approved sending the anti-peace resolution to the General Assembly by a vote of  98 in favor, 17 opposed and 52 abstentions. 

Nations supporting the resolution included, Russia, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia. 

Nations voting against the resolution included the United States, Canada, Germany, Austria, Australia, Italy, Czech Republic and Israel.

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The Simon Wiesenthal Center is one of the largest international Jewish human rights organizations with over 400,000 member families in the United States. It is an NGO at international agencies including the United Nations, UNESCO, the OSCE, the OAS, the Council of Europe and the Latin American Parliament (Parlatino).

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