UNGA Committee Overwhelmingly Passes Resolution On Palestinian Self-Determination, Israel Is Unhappy

On November 19th, the UN General Assembly’s Third Committee voted, and overwhelmingly approved, a draft resolution in favor of Palestinian self-determination.

The vote passed with 163 in favor, 5 against, and 10 abstentions.

As has become customary, this “anti-Israel” notion was voted against by Israel itself, and the US.

“Surprisingly” Canada, “which typically votes alongside Israel in such resolutions, stood with the majority.”

“Canada’s vote today is a reflection of our longstanding commitment to the right of self-determination for both Israelis and Palestinians,” Canadian envoy Bob Rae said in an address to the General Assembly, noting the draft’s support for a two-state solution.

In Canadian parliament, Conservative foreign affairs Michael Chong demanded an explanation for Canada’s vote.

“Today, the Liberal government voted against the state of Israel at the UN General Assembly for a second year in a row, contrary to our long-standing Canadian policy of opposing all resolutions that single out Israel, a policy that former prime minister Paul Martin had put in place,” Chong said.

“Even Ambassador Rae said he disagreed with the preamble of the resolution. Why did the government break with long-standing Canadian policy and vote against the State of Israel at the UN General Assembly today?”

Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland did not directly address the question in her response.

“Let me just be very clear: Israel is a close and important friend of Canada, and Canada will always stand with Israel,” she said. “Let me also be very clear to Jewish Canadians in my riding and across the country: We stand with them, particularly today when we are seeing an appalling rise in anti-Semitism here and around the world.”

In addition to Israel and the US, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia and Nauru also voted against the resolution.

Australia, Cameroon, Guatemala, Honduras, Kiribati, Palau, Papa New Guinea, Rwanda, Togo and Tonga all abstained.

It should be reminded that the UNGA’s Third Committee deals with human rights and humanitarian affair.