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Palestinians Bringing Jerusalem Measure Vetoed by US to UN General Assembly

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JNS.org – Following Monday’s US veto of a United Nations Security Council resolution that called for the withdrawal of President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the Palestinians will initiate a vote on the same measure in the UN General Assembly on Thursday. Since the Palestinian Authority (PA) is a non-member observer state at the world body rather than a full UN member, a bloc of countries led by Turkey and Bolivia will submit the resolution on behalf of the Palestinians.

The measure is expected to pass due to the Arab and Muslim majority in the General Assembly, but would only be a symbolic move and would have no practical implications for Israel or the US.

“We are moving within 48 hours…to call for an emergency meeting of the General Assembly,” PA Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki told reporters in Ramallah after the US veto of the Security Council resolution.

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley called the Security Council measure “an insult.”

“The fact that this veto is being done in defense of America’s role in the Middle East peace process is not a source of embarrassment for us; it should be an embarrassment to the remainder of the Security Council,” she said.

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