2013 at the UN: 21 resolutions against Israel, 4 on rest of the world

The U.N. General Assembly in 2013 adopted a total of 21 resolutions singling out Israel for criticism — and 4 resolutions on the rest of the world combined. See the texts and votes below.

The four that do not concern Israel are: one on Syria, a regime that has murdered 120,000 of its own people, and one each on Iran, North Korea and Myanmar.

There were zero UNGA resolutions on gross and systematic abuses committed by China, Cuba, Egypt, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Zimbabwe, nor on many other major perpetrators of grave violations of human rights.

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UNGA 68th Session (2013)
21 Resolutions Singling Out Israel

FIRST COMMITTEE

Towards a nuclear-weapon-free world: accelerating the implementation of nuclear disarmament commitments – A/RES/68/39
Final Plenary Vote: Not yet listed

Committee vote on draft (A/C.1/68/L.18) Vote: 165 Yes, 7 No, 5 Abstain

Extract: “Calls upon all States parties to spare no effort to achieve the universality of the Treaty [on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons], and in this regard urges India, Israel and Pakistan to accede to the Treaty as non-nuclear-weapon States promptly and without conditions and to place all their nuclear facilities under International Atomic Energy Agency safeguards…”

The risk of nuclear proliferation in the Middle East – A/RES/68/65
Final Plenary Vote: 169 Yes, 5 against (Canada, Federated States of Micronesia, Israel, Palau, United States), with 6 abstentions (Australia, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, India, Panama)

Committee vote on draft (A/C.1/68/L.2):  Vote: 153 Yes, 5 No, 9 Abstain

Extract: “Reaffirms the importance of Israel’s accession to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons and placement of all its nuclear facilities under comprehensive International Atomic Energy Agency safeguards, in realizing the goal of universal adherence to the Treaty in the Middle East…”

SECOND COMMITTEE

Permanent sovereignty of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and of the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan over their natural resources (A/C.2/68/L.27)
Vote: 162 Yes, 5 No, 9 Abstain

Expressing its concern about the exploitation by Israel, the occupying Power, of the natural resources of the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and other Arab territories occupied by Israel since 1967…”

Oil slick on Lebanese shores (A/C.2/68/L.26)
Vote: 165 Yes, 6 No, 6 Abstain

“Reiterates…its deep concern about the adverse implications of the destruction by the Israeli Air Force of the oil storage tanks in the direct vicinity of the Lebanese Jiyeh electric power plant, for the achievement of sustainable development in Lebanon…”

THIRD COMMITTEE

The right of the Palestinian people to self-determination (A/C.3/68/L.68)- Vote: 165 Yes, 6 No, 3 Abstain

“Recalling the conclusion of the Court…that the construction of the wall by Israel, the occupying Power, in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, along with measures previously taken, severely impedes the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination…”

FOURTH COMMITTEE

Assistance to Palestine refugees – A/RES/68/76
Final Plenary Vote: 173 Yes, 1 No (Israel), 8 abstentions (Cameroon, Canada, Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Palau, Paraguay, South Sudan, United States).

Committee vote on draft A/C.4/68/L.12: 164 Yes, 2 No (Israel, Cameroon), 6 Abstain

Extract: “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/RES/68/77
Final Plenary Vote: 170 Yes, 6 No (Canada, Federated States of Micronesia, Israel, Palau, Marshall Islands, United States),  6 abstentions (Cameroon, Kiribati,Panama, Paraguay, South Sudan, Vanuatu)

Committee vote on draft (A/C.4/68/L.13) – 162 Yes, 6 No, 5 Abstain

Extract: “Reaffirms the right of all persons displaced as a result of the June 1967 and subsequent hostilities to return to their home 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/RES/68/78
Final Plenary Vote: 170 Yes, 6 against (Canada, Federated States of Micronesia, Israel, Marshall Islands, Palau, United States), 6 abstentions (Cameroon, Kiribati, Malawi, Paraguay, South Sudan, Vanuatu)

Committee vote on draft (A/C.4/68/L.14) – Vote: 164 Yes, 6 No, 3 Abstain

Extract: “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/RES/68/79
Final Plenary Vote: 172 Yes, 6 against (Canada, Federated States of Micronesia, Israel, Marshall Islands, Palau, United States), 5 abstentions (Cameroon, Kiribati, Paraguay, South Sudan, Vanuatu)

Committee vote on draft (A/C.4/68/L.15) – Vote: 163 Yes, 7 No, 3 Abstain

Extract: “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…”

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/RES/68/80
Final Plenary Vote: 95 Yes, 8 against (Australia, Canada, Federated States of Micronesia, Israel, Marshall Islands, Palau, Panama, United States), with 75 abstentions

Committee vote on draft (A/C.4/68/L.16) – Vote: 88 Yes, 8 No, 73 Abstain

Extract: “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/RES/68/81
Final Plenary Vote: 169 Yes, 6 against (Canada, Federated States of Micronesia, Israel, Marshall Islands, Palau, United States), with 7 abstentions (Australia, Cameroon, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, South Sudan, Vanuatu).

Committee vote on draft (A/C.4/68/L.17) – Vote: 160 Yes, 6 No, 5 Abstain

Extract: “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/RES/68/82
Final Plenary Vote: 167 Yes, 6 against (Canada, Federated States of Micronesia, Israel, Marshall Islands, Palau, United States), with 9 abstentions (Australia, Cameroon, Honduras, Kiribati, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, South Sudan, Vanuatu)

Committee vote on draft (A/C.4/68/L.17) – 158 Yes, 6 against, 8 abstentions

Extract: “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/RES/68/83
Final Plenary Vote: 165 Yes, 8 against (Australia, Canada, Federated States of Micronesia, Israel, Marshall Islands, Palau, Panama, United States), with 8 abstentions (Cameroon, Honduras, Kiribati, Malawi, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, South Sudan, Vanuatu).

Committee vote on draft (A/C.4/68/L.19) – Vote: 156 Yes, 8 No, 7 Abstain

Extract: “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/RES/68/84
Final Plenary Vote: 169 Yes, 1 against (Israel), with 12 abstentions

Committee vote on draft (A/C.4/68/L.20) – Vote: 159 Yes, 1 No, 11 Abstain

Extract: “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…”

PLENARY

Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People – A/RES/68/12 
Vote: Yes 110, No 7, Abstentions 56

“Requests the Committee to continue to exert all efforts to promote the realization of the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people, including their right to self-determination, to support the Middle East peace process for the achievement of the two-State solution on the basis of the pre-1967 borders and the just resolution of all final status issues and to mobilize international support for and assistance to the Palestinian people…”

“Decides to proclaim 2014 the International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, and requests the Committee to organize activities to be held during the year, in cooperation with Governments, relevant organizations of the United Nations system, intergovernmental organizations and civil society organizations.”

Division for Palestinian Rights of the Secretariat – A/RES/68/13
Vote: 108 Yes, 7 against ( Australia, Canada, Federated States of Micronesia, Israel, Marshall Islands, Palau, United States) with 59 abstentions

Extract: “Considers that, by providing substantive support to the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People in the implementation of its mandate, the Division for Palestinian Rights of the Secretariat continues to make a most useful and constructive contribution to raising international awareness of the question of Palestine…”

Special information programme on the question of Palestine of the Department of Public Information of the Secretariat – A/RES/68/14
Vote: 163 Yes, 7 against (Australia, Canada, Federated States of Micronesia, Israel, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Palau, United States), with 7 abstentions (Cameroon, Honduras, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, South Sudan, Togo, Tonga)

Extract: “Considers that the special information programme on the question of Palestine of the Department is very useful in raising the awareness of the international community concerning the question of Palestine…”

Peaceful settlement of the question of Palestine – A/RES/68/15
Vote: 165 Yes, 6 against (Canada, Federated States of Micronesia, Israel, Marshall Islands, Palau, United States) with 6 abstentions (Australia, Cameroon, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, South Sudan, Tonga)

Extract: “Expressing grave concern about the extremely detrimental impact of Israeli settlement policies, decisions and activities in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, including on the contiguity, integrity and viability of the Territory …”

Jerusalem A/RES/68/16
Vote: 162 Yes, 6 against (Canada, Federated States of Micronesia, Israel, Marshall Islands, Palau, United States), with 8 abstentions (Australia, Cameroon, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, South Sudan, Togo, Tonga)

“Reiterates its determination that any actions taken by Israel, the Occupying Power, to impose its laws, jurisdiction and administration on the Holy City of Jerusalem are illegal and therefore null and void and have no validity whatsoever, and calls upon Israel to immediately cease all such illegal and unilateral measures…”

The Syrian Golan – A/RES/68/17
Vote: 112 Yes, 6 against ( Canada, Israel, Marshall Island, Palau, United States) with 58 abstentions.

Extract: “Determines once more that the continued occupation of the Syrian Golan and its de facto annexation constitute a stumbling block in the way of achieving a just, comprehensive and lasting peace in the region…”

Assistance to the Palestinian people (text to come)

“Gravely concerned at the difficult living conditions and humanitarian situation affecting the Palestinian people, in particular women and children, throughout the occupied Palestinian territory… ”

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