Hot Mic Catches UN Interpreter Saying Resolutions on Israel Are ‘A Bit Much’, ‘No one says anything about other stuff’

Hot Mic Catches UN Interpreter Saying 9 Resolutions on Israel and 0 for Rest of World is “A Little Weird.”

The UN General Assembly, acting through its Fourth Committee, which is comprised of all 193 UN member states, today adopted nine resolutions condemning Israel, and none on the rest of the world.

UN Interpeter (unaware her mic was on): “I mean, I think when you have five statements, not five, like a total of ten resolutions on Israel and Palestine, there’s gotta be something, c’est un peu trop, non? [It’s a bit much, no?] I mean I know… There’s other really bad shit happening, but no one says anything, about the other stuff.”

Chair and delegates laugh.

Interpreter: “Apologies.”

Secretary: “I understand there was a problem with interpretation?”

Interpreter: “The interpeter apologizes [audible gasp].”

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RESOLUTIONS ADOPTED ON NOVEMBER 14, 2013

Under Agenda Item 51 (United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East):

Assistance to Palestine refugees (A/C.4/68/L.12) - Vote: 164 Yes, 2 No, 6 Abstain
“Expressing grave concern at the especially difficult situation of the Palestine refugees under occupation, including with regard to their safety, well-being and socioeconomic living conditions…”

Persons displaced as a result of the June 1967 and subsequent hostilities (A/C.4/68/L.13) - Vote: 162 Yes, 6 No, 5 Abstain
“Reaffirms the right of all persons displaced as a result of the June 1967 and subsequent hostilities to return to their homes or former places of residence in the territories occupied by Israel since 1967…”

Operations of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (A/C.4/68/L.14) - Vote: 164 Yes, 6 No, 3 Abstain
“Gravely concerned about the extremely difficult socioeconomic conditions being faced by the Palestine refugees in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, particularly in the refugee camps in the Gaza Strip, as a result of the continuing prolonged Israeli closures…”

Palestine refugees’ properties and their revenues (A/C.4/68/L.15) - Vote: 163 Yes, 7 No, 3 Abstain
“Reaffirms that the Palestine refugees are entitled to their property and to the income derived there from, in conformity with the principles of equity and justice…”

Under Agenda Item 52 (Report of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practice Affecting the Human Rights of Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories):

Work of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories (A/C.4/68/L.16) - Vote: 88 Yes,  8 No, 73 Abstain
“Deplores those policies and practices of Israel that violate the human rights of the Palestinian people and other Arabs of the occupied territories…”

Applicability of the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, of 12 August 1949, to the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and the other occupied Arab territories (A/C.4/68/L.17) - Vote: 160 Yes, 6 No, 5 Abstain
“Demands that Israel accept the de jure applicability of the Convention in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and other Arab territories occupied by Israel since 1967, and that it comply scrupulously with the provisions of the Convention…”

Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and the occupied Syrian Golan (A/C.4/68/L.18) - Vote: 158 Yes, 6 No, 8 Abstain
“Reaffirms that the Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and in the occupied Syrian Golan are illegal and an obstacle to peace and economic and social development…”

Israeli practices affecting the human rights of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem (A/C.4/68/L.19) - Vote: 156 Yes, 8 No, 7 Abstain
“Expressing grave concern about the continuing systematic violation of the human rights of the Palestinian people by Israel, the occupying Power…

The occupied Syrian Golan (A/C.4/68/L.20) - Vote: 159 Yes, 1 No, 11 Abstain
“The Israeli decision to impose its laws, jurisdiction and administration on the occupied Syrian Golan was null and void and without international legal effect and demanded that Israel, the occupying Power, rescind forthwith its decision…”

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