US allows UNSC resolution against Israeli settlements

“Power then claimed that the UN had a long history of treating Israel unfairly and admonished member states for criticizing Israel and applying what she called “double standards.”

For all the high drama of the vote, the situation on the ground remains the same: Israel continues to seize Palestinian land and build settlements, while the UN Security Council issues words on paper.”

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UN Security Council voted on Friday to demand that Israel halt settlement construction, but its resolution contains no consequences if Israel fails to comply. Mahfouz Abu Turk APA images

By Ali Abunimah, The Electronic Intifada, 24 December 2016

The UN Security Council has voted by 14-0 with one abstention – the United States – to condemn Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.

The resolution passed on Friday demands that Israel “immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem, and that it fully respect all of its legal obligations in this regard.”

It is a clear declaration that Israel’s settlement activities are illegal, but as I explained in an analysis on Thursday, existing resolutions – that have been unenforced for decades – already do that.

This resolution, like its predecessors, sets out no concrete consequences for Israel if it fails to comply…

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