Hanan Ashrawi on UN Vote against US Recognition of Jerusalem
Hanan Ashrawi on the UNGA Resolution Rejecting the US Decision to Recognize Jerusalem as Israel's Capital
December 21, 2017 - "We are extremely encouraged and empowered by the overwhelming vote in favor of a UNGA resolution rejecting U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. We extend our gratitude and appreciation to the 128 countries who supported the resolution and sent a clear message that Israel cannot maintain its illegal annexation of Jerusalem. The international community has unequivocally proved that it will not be intimidated or blackmailed, and its members will defend the global rule of law and justice.
Despite American efforts to safeguard Israeli violations and war crimes, the majority maintained their principled position while a minimal number succumbed by abstaining or voting against the resolution.
This further demonstrates the isolation of the U.S. in its blind support of Israeli lawlessness and impunity. It is therefore called on to rescind its irresponsible and dangerous decision and refrain from joining Israel in its criminal behavior."