NEW YORK, July 17, 2014 – (WAFA) – UN Economic and Social Council adopted Wednesday a draft resolution on the economic and social repercussions of the Israeli occupation on the living conditions of the Palestinian people in the occupied Palestinian Territory, including Jerusalem, and Arab population in occupied Golan Heights.
The council adopted the text of the draft resolution with a recorded vote of 44 in favor, while the United States and Canada opposed with two abstentions (Republic of Congo and Panama), while six states did not vote.
The 54-nation body calls in the draft resolution for the full opening of the border crossings of Gaza Strip, lifting all movement restrictions imposed on the Palestinian people and for the sustained and regular flow of persons and goods across, into and out of the occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem.
The Council calls on Israel what it has destroyed of civilian property, vital infrastructures, government institutions and agricultural lands and orchards in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and to prevent Israeli settlers from perpetrating such illegal activities.
The draft resolution reaffirms the Palestinian people’s inalienable rights to natural and economic resources and called Israel, the Occupying Power, not to exploit, endanger or cause loss or depletion to those resources.
It also reaffirms that the construction and expansion of Israeli settlements and related infrastructures in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, are illegal and constitute a major obstacle to economic and social development as well as peace.
It called for the full cessation of all settlement and settlement-related activity and reaffirms that Israel’s ongoing construction of the wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, is contrary to international law.
The resolution reiterates the importance of the revival of the peace process on the basis of Security Council resolutions and the Madrid Conference, the principle of land for peace, the Arab Peace Initiative as well as the Road Map in order to pave the way for the achievement of the two-state solution of Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security within recognized borders based on the pre 1967 borders as well as the achievement a just, lasting and comprehensive peace settlement.