Palestinians call for statehood during UN debate on Jerusalem

"The Conference will address the issue of Israel’s policies and measures aimed at changing the character of Jerusalem, which have significant political, legal and socio-economic ramifications."

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
June 30, 2019 14:44
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Orthodox Jews on the Temple Mount

Orthodox Jews on the Temple Mount. (photo credit: MENACHEM SHLOMO)

 
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The United Nations is holding an international conference on the status of Jerusalem on Thursday, on the sidelines of the 41st session of the UN Human Rights Council meeting.

The meeting was convened by the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (CEIRPP) jointly with the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

According to the UN's website the meeting will discuss, "the issue of Israel’s policies and measures aimed at changing the character of Jerusalem, which have significant political, legal and socio-economic ramifications."

Some of the initial speakers will be USG Michael Møller Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva, Amb. Cheikh Niang of Senegal who chairs the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, Samir Bakr who is Assistant Secretary General for Palestine and Al-Quds Affairs of the OIC, Carla Khijoyan who is Programme Executive for the Middle East, and Ahmad Majdalani Minister of Social Affairs of the State of Palestine.



“The CEIRPP conference on Jerusalem is yet another example of how this UN agency uses its platform to delegitimize the cultural, religious, and historical ties of Jews to Jerusalem," said Legal Advisor and UN expert at NGO Monitor Anne Herzberg.

"CEIRPP was founded in sin as part of the 1975 UN General Assembly libel of Zionism as a form racism and has long been the primary UN agency responsible for promoting antisemitism, including BDS, in the UN system," Herzberg said, adding that "It is time for international donors to force the UN to shut down this institution of hate once and for all.”

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