The United States blocked an attempt to get the United Nations Security Council to condemn Israel’s demolition of Palestinian homes on the outskirts of Jerusalem.
Citing 17 Palestinians who would be displaced by the destruction, UN officials had called on Israel to halt the plans. Most of the homes were still under construction.
But Israel continued, saying the 10 apartment buildings it demolished had been built illegally, and posed a threat to Israeli armed forces along the occupied West Bank.
Kuwait, Indonesia, and South Africa circulated a five-paragraph draft statement to the 15-member Security Council expressing concern.
The document warned that the demolition undermines the viability of the two-state solution and the prospect for just and lasting peace.
The US regime told its counterparts that would not support the text, but the country also rejected a revised three-paragraph draft statement.
However, back home, the US House of Representatives did vote to condemn the growing boycott movement against Israel, following a similar bill passed by the Senate?
People must learn to understand what it means to being stripped of their human rights, the right to freedom of travel, equal treatment.
Palestinians experience this attack on their freedom of speech and the right to boycott the racist policies of the government and the state of Israel as completely ignoring their human rights.
The future of Jerusalem, which is home to over 500,000 Israelis and 300,000 Palestinians, is a longstanding international debate. Palestinians want a state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip with east Jerusalem as the capital.
All these territories were invaded, captured, occupied and annexed by Israel in 1967. Allies on both sides have been fierce with both support and detraction.
Independent / ABC Flash Point Annexation News 2019.