US blocks UN vote to condemn Israeli demolition of Palestinian homes

Oct 28,2019

The US House of Representatives also voted to condemn boycotts against Israel this week.

The US blocked an attempt to get the UN Security Council to condemn Israeli demolition of Palestinian homes in the outskirts of Jerusalem, diplomats said.

Citing 17 Palestinians who would be displaced by the destruction, UN officials had called on Israel to halt the plans.

But Israel continued, saying the 10 apartment buildings it demolished on Monday had been built illegally, and posed a threat to Israeli armed forces along the occupied West Bank.

This is the most common pretext for the Israeli demolition of the Palestinian homes in the occupied territories.

In July, 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.”

American said that would not support the text, diplomats said. It also rejected a revised three-paragraph draft statement.

Meanwhile, the US House of Representatives voted to condemn the growing BDS, the boycott movement against Israel, following a similar bill passed by the Senate.

Freshman congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib both voiced concern for the vote. Representative Tlaib, the first Palestinian American woman in congress, gave a speech on the House floor the morning of the vote about her personal experience.

“I stand before you the daughter of Palestinian immigrants,” she said. “Parents who experienced being stripped of their human rights, the right to freedom of travel, equal treatment.

“So I can’t stand by and watch this attack on our freedom of speech and the right to boycott the racist policies of the government and the state of Israel. I love our country’s freedom of speech, Madam Speaker. Dissent is how we nurture democracy.”

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