U.N. Marks “Year of Solidarity With the Palestinian People”


The U.N. General Assembly kicked off its International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People this week by passing a series of anti-Israel resolutions.

Of the six resolutions, one called on Israel to return the Golan Heights to Syria, another declared 2014 the International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, and another called on the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People to “organize activities to be held during the year.”

Other resolutions praised the Secretariat’s Division of Palestinian Rights for its role in “raising international awareness of the question of Palestine”; another said that Israel must “comply strictly with its obligations under international law.”

U.N. Watch president Hillel Neuer dismissed the resolutions, saying they will do nothing to help either the Palestinians or the Israelis.

“We’re concerned about a new year that will bring escalated politicization of influential U.N. agencies worldwide, doing nothing to help Palestinians or Israelis … while inflicting yet further damage to the world body’s effectiveness and credibility,” Neuer said.