Draft Resolutions Demand Israeli Withdrawal from Territories

Two draft resolutions introduced yesterday afternoon call for prompt and total Israeli withdrawal from, and nullification of Israeli practices in, the administered Arab territories. An 18-nation draft in the General Assembly proposes “the immediate and unconditional withdrawal of Israel from the Arab territories occupied since 5 June 1967″; nullification of Israel’s “changes” in the territories; denial of outside aid to “sustain its occupation”; recognition of “the rights of the Palestinians.” The sponsors, largely African, include Chad, Pakistan, Senegal, Somalia, Uganda and Yugoslavia.

Three of the 18–Mall, Mauritania and Pakistan–introduced in the Special Political Committee a proposal to extend the mandate of the Committee of Three–Somalia, Sri Lanka and Yugoslavia–which investigates Israeli practices, “pending the early termination of Israeli occupation.” The Assembly is asked to reaffirm that Israeli measures to “settle the occupied territories, including occupied Jerusalem,” are “null and void.”

In the Assembly’s continuing debate on the Middle East, Ambassador Huang Hua of China yesterday accused the United States and the Soviet Union of conspiring to allow “tiny Israel” to “play the bully and run amok.” The USSR, he charged, is using the Arabs and the refugees as political pawns in an attempt to attain “the old Czar’s long-cherished ambition for the control of the Mediterranean…and the establishment of hegemony in the Middle East,”

There must be complete Israeli withdrawal. Huang said, and a settlement decided by the parties alone. The Chinese again backed the “just struggle” of the Palestinians and accused Israel of exploiting the Munich massacre to cover up for its own “massacre” of innocent Syrians and Lebanese.

Ambassador Yakov A. Malik of the USSR accused the U.S. of encouraging Israel’s “military maniacs” and charged China with anti-Soviet “slander and hostile fiction” and of “stubborn refusal” to make Big Power efforts to implement the Jarring mission. In effect, Malik alleged, China was selling out the Arabs and helping the Israelis. Malik called for effective action against Israeli “aggression” and noted that there was United Nations authority for sanctions against and economic boycotting and expulsion of member States for cause.

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