The one-page Egyptian-drafted text, which was circulated to the 15-member council on Saturday and seen by Reuters, does not specifically mention the United States or Trump. Diplomats say it has broad support but will likely be vetoed by Washington.
This disabled Palestinian was shot dead today by Israeli forces while protesting Trump's Jerusalem declaration pic.twitter.com/SdXWXBLFzP
— Middle East Eye (@MiddleEastEye) December 15, 2017
Diplomats said the council could vote as early as Monday or Tuesday. A resolution needs nine votes in favor and no vetoes by the United States, France, Britain, Russia or China to be adopted.
Trump abruptly reversed decades of US policy this month, generating outrage from Palestinians and defying warnings of Middle East violence. Trump also plans to move the US embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.
Pro-Palestine activists rally in Washington near the White House in protest against President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel’s capital#FreePalestine pic.twitter.com/9nUURi22jF
— Press TV (@PressTV) December 17, 2017
The draft UN resolution “affirms that any decisions and actions which purport to have altered, the character, status or demographic composition of the Holy City of Jerusalem have no legal effect, are null and void and must be rescinded in compliance with relevant resolutions of the Security Council.”
[It] calls upon all States to refrain from the establishment of diplomatic missions in the Holy City of Jerusalem, pursuant to resolution 478 (1980) of the Security Council.
— Press TV (@PressTV) December 16, 2017
Israel considers the city its eternal and indivisible capital and wants all embassies based there. Palestinians want the capital of an independent Palestinian state to be in the city’s eastern sector, which Israel captured in a 1967 war and annexed in a move never recognized internationally.
The draft council resolution “demands that all states comply with Security Council resolutions regarding the Holy City of Jerusalem, and not to recognize any actions or measures contrary to those resolutions.”
— The Hill (@thehill) December 17, 2017
Tension has risen across the Palestinian territories since US President Donald Trump’s decision to officially recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Most countries consider East Jerusalem, which Israel annexed after capturing it in a 1967 war, to be occupied territory, and say the status of the city should be left to be decided at future Israeli-Palestinian talks.
#Palestinians protests were not widespread today , 67 Palestinian were injured, 5 of them with live bullet in #Gaza and one in critical condition, according to Red crecent, the video of the clashes from Tulkruam. #Jerusalem #Trump via @qudsn pic.twitter.com/JQxJlISJE3
— Nasser Atta (@nasseratta5) December 17, 2017
While the international community has almost unanimously disagreed with Donald Trump’s announcement, reports suggest that the announcement was done with the pre-agreement of Egypt and Saudi Arabia, with the Saudi Arabia going as far as, allegedly, stating to the Palestinian President to accept a village on the outskirts of Jerusalem as the alternative Palestinian capital.
(MEMO, PC, Social Media)