Syria, Palestine: role of the United Nations


February 13, 2014 - Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs:

'Earlier this week, Israel participated for the first time in one of the core coordinating groups focused on human rights and social policy at the United Nations.  Israel joins the “JUSCANZ” caucus in the United Nation’s Third Committee along with the world's most advanced democracies'.


UN resolutions critical of Israel blocked

1) On November 15, 2010, U.S. President Barack Obama praised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for urging his cabinet to accept a U.S. proposal to extend a freeze on West Bank settlement building for 90 days. Under the plan, Washington would block UN resolutions critical of Israel, and supply Israel with fighter jets worth $3 billion. The US government also promised Israel that after the 90-day moratorium, they would not seek an extension, and settlement construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem (all of which is illegal under international law) could continue unabated.

2) In February 2011, more than 100 nations voted for a U.N. resolution that would have condemned illegal Israeli settlements and halted any new construction. The United States vetoed it.

3) On February 19, 2011, Israel said it was deeply grateful to the United States after it vetoed a United Nations resolution put forward by the Palestinian leadership condemning Israeli settlement activity.

4) On  Oct 27, 2011, Israeli jetfighters engaged in aerial bombing of the Palestinian city of Khan Yunes in the Gaza Strip.


Palestine: continuous rise of Israeli repression


Syria: UN Security Council President and UN Secretary General


Foreign Ministry: Foreign Support to Terrorist Groups Is the Reason behind Continuation of Terrorist Acts

May 1, 2013

Syria stresses that the reason behind the continuation of the terrorist acts is the various forms of support provided to the al-Qaeda-linked armed terrorist groups in terms of cash, training and arms, said the Foreign and Expatriates Ministry on Tuesday.

In two identical letters addressed to the UN Security Council President and UN Secretary General, the Ministry added this support provided by certain countries comes in a flagrant violation of these countries’ commitments within the framework of the international law rules and the UN resolutions in the field of combating terrorism.

The Ministry referred in particular to the terrorist car bomb explosion which targeted the convoy of Premier Wael al-Halqi near Ibn Rushd Park in al-Mazzeh area in Damascus on Monday and claimed the lives of 4 people and injured 16 others, with the Prime Minister surviving the attack.

The terrorist blast, the Ministry noted, caused great material damage to the Communications Establishment building , a school and a kindergarten in the heavily populated area.

The Ministry’s letters also referred to the terrorist bombing which hit al-Marjeh neighborhood, that represents the commercial and historical hub of the city of Damascus, on Tuesday and caused the martyrdom of 13 citizens and the injury of more than 70 others, some critically.

The Ministry pointed out that these terrorist acts come in the framework of a systematic series of terrorist attacks that target civilians, institutions, public and private properties, churches and mosques.

The Ministry cited in this context the terrorist attack which hit al-Shahbander area on April 8, referring also to the mortar shell attacks launched by the gunmen on densely populated areas which have killed scores of civilians and injured hundreds of others.

The Ministry affirmed that the targeting of Premier al-Halqi, who is the head of the ministerial committee in charge of implementing the political program to solve the crisis in Syria, is “a clear expression of those sides’ rejection of a political solution.”

“This targeting also reveals the real criminal face of the armed groups and those who stand behind them and are providing support and political cover to them in their approach of terrorism and destruction which they have adopted as an only way to achieve political and ideological goals contrary to the modern values of humanity and to the human nature,” the Ministry added.

It reiterated that this coward act indicates the failure on the part of those sides because of the progress made by the ministerial committee in its consultations with the political and social forces that are willing to participate in the political process so as to reach common visions to make the political program a success.

The letters renewed Syria’s demanding that the Security Council and the UN “firmly and clearly condemn these ugly terrorist crimes in a way that would leave no room for doubt or interpretation.

Syria also calls upon the Security Council and the UN “to stop the support provided by a group of regional, Arab and international countries that still insist on continuing the violence and thwarting the efforts to find apolitical solution to get Syria out of its crisis,” the letters added.

“Syria reiterates its demand that the Security Council take a firm stand through which it stresses its keenness on combating terrorism regardless of its time and place and its seriousness to implement its resolutions in this regard,” the letters said.

They pointed out that the Security Council’s ignoring of these terrorist acts by taking no action “is being interpreted as a setback to the international efforts to fight terrorism and dry up its sources.”

H. Said