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Dear Mr Johnson,
I am writing in reference to last week’s decision by the UK to support a controversial resolution at the United Nations that completely undermines the existence of the State of Israel and their legitimate rights to the city of Jerusalem.
The adopted resolution on Jerusalem (document A/71/L.22) was voted in favour by 149 nations, including the UK on Wednesday 29 November. Our allies in the United States, Canada and, of course, Israel voted against it.
- By its terms, the Assembly reiterated its determination that any actions taken by Israel, the “occupying power”, to impose its laws, jurisdiction and administration on the Holy City of Jerusalem were illegal and therefore null and void and had no validity whatsoever, and called upon Israel to immediately cease all such illegal and unilateral measures.
- The document also referred to a previous 2001 resolution stating that “all legislative and administrative measures and actions taken by Israel, the occupying Power, which have altered or purported to alter the character and status of the Holy City of Jerusalem, in particular the so-called “Basic Law” on Jerusalem and the proclamation of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, were null and void and must be rescinded forthwith”
- The resolution also significantly referred to Jerusalem’s Temple Mount only as “Haram al Sharif”, hereby denying the Jewish connection.
Whilst the UK has demonstrated support for the State of Israel in the past, I am very concerned that this UN vote may indicate a change of direction in UK Foreign Policy.
This resolution could also undermine peace in the region as previous anti-Israel resolutions have led to greater incitement from Palestinian leadership against Israel.
With 2017 marking 50 years since the reunification of Jerusalem, wording of this kind will only fuel this anti-Israel narrative and could escalate to further violence. I believe that Jerusalem is the eternal undivided capital of Israel and hope that the UK will stand with Israel in its celebrations of this anniversary.
- Can you please clarify whether the resolution adopted by the UN reflects the UK Government’s position.
- Please also confirm that pressure will be placed upon UK representation at the UN so that future resolutions discriminating against Israel will not be supported by the UK.
I look forward to your response.
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