Palestine can add yet another approved draft resolution to the list of UN General Assembly attempts to distort Israeli colonial appropriation into a manageable conflict with repercussions. Last Tuesday, the UNGA adopted a draft resolution that emphasises “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.”
Among the countries voting against the resolution were the US, Israel and Canada – the latter having attempted to redeem itself by acknowledging colonial violence against the indigenous population. However it seems that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has yet to extend his compassion to encompass the colonial atrocities committed by Israel against Palestinians.
According to Ma’an news agency, the resolution demands Israel terminate its exploitation of Palestinian natural resources, as well as recognise Palestine’s claims for restitution. The resolution was based upon a recommendation report that discussed the repercussions of exploitation, as well as the intentional damage to infrastructure through settlement expansion and military aggression, such as last year’s “Operation Protective Edge” in Gaza.