Published: Thu, December 21, 2017
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Turkish FM to head to USA for United Nations vote on Jerusalem

Turkish FM to head to USA for United Nations vote on Jerusalem

Egypt had put forward the draft at the council which was backed by all 14 other Security Council members in the vote on Monday.

A senior United Nations official said on Tuesday that Israel's killing of a disabled Palestinian man protesting against U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital was "incomprehensible", but Israel said he had not been targeted.

The resolution was drafted in response to Trump's decision, announced December 6, to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to move the U.S. Embassy there.

The Palestinians immediately announced that they will seek a resolution with similar demands in the 193-member General Assembly, where there are no vetoes.

US Ambassador Nikki Haley, in a letter to dozens of UN states on Tuesday seen by Reuters, warned that the United States would remember those who voted for the resolution criticising the US decision.

Haley's tweet on Tuesday was not her first time warning that the US would be "taking names" at the U.N. She similarly used the line in January, shortly after taking office, when she advised countries not to cross the U.S.

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The two countries circulated a draft resolution on Tuesday that mirrors the vetoed measure, reaffirming that any decision on the status of Jerusalem has no legal effect and must be rescinded.

In order to bypass a Security Council veto, United Nations member states can try to convene an "Emergency Special Session" (ESS), a procedure that has been executed only ten times in the UN's history.

However, the Israeli and American envoys at Monday's Security Council debate depicted the Egyptian-drafted resolution as embodying the challenges to its legitimacy that Israel still faces at the UN.

A statement issued by Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, said wheelchair-bound Ibrahim Abu Thurayeh was shot in the head by Israeli security forces close to the border fence with Israel on Friday.

"What we witnessed here in the Security Council is an insult", she said.

Trump abruptly reversed decades of U.S. policy this month when he recognised Jerusalem as Israel's capital, generating outrage from Palestinians and the Arab world and concern among Washington's Western allies.

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