Vote Pending in UN on Measure Calling for Israel’s Suspension

A sharply worded draft resolution calling for the suspension of Israel from the United Nations and for total isolation of the Jewish State in the international community will be introduced tomorrow for a vote in the General Assembly.

However, last minute changes to soften the harsh language of the resolution were under consideration today. The Assembly is currently holding a debate on the “Palestinian Question,” to be concluded by tomorrow’s vote.

The draft uses the most explicit language to date in an effort to expel Israel from the deliberations of the General Assembly. It calls on that body “to review Israel’s status in the United Nations in the coming 37th session” of the Assembly next September.

The draft also declares that “once again Israel’s records and actions confirm that it is not a peace-loving member-state and that it has carried out neither its obligation under the Charter nor its commitment under General Assembly Resolution 273 of May 1949.” Resolution 273 was the measure under which Israel was accepted to the UN.

The draft resolution also calls on all states to sever diplomatic relations with Israel, to suspend all economic ties and to refrain from selling arms to Israel. It also requests total Israel withdrawal from all occupied territories and calls for the establishment of a Palestinian state.

In addition, the draft also “condemns the United States” for vetoing Security Council resolutions against Israel. The latest U.S. veto took place last Tuesday in the Council on a resolution condemning Israel for the shooting on the Temple Mount April II during which two Arabs were killed and 30 persons were wounded.

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