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The Question of Palestine and the General Assembly

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A general view of the General Assembly Hall. UN Photo/Sophia Paris

The General Assembly is the main deliberative organ of the United Nations, composed of representatives of all Member States.  The question of Palestine was first brought before the General Assembly in 1947. By resolution 181 (II), the Assembly decided to partition Palestine into two states, one Arab and one Jewish, with Jerusalem placed under a special international regime. After the 1948 war, the Assembly by resolution 194 (III) of 1949 established the Conciliation Commission for Palestine (UNCCP) to help the parties reach a final settlement, while reaffirming the rights of Palestine refugees to return and restitution. UNRWA, a Palestine refugee agency, was established by the Assembly the same year.

In 1974, the question of Palestine was re-introduced in the Assembly’s agenda. Resolution 3236 (XXIX) reaffirmed the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people to self-determination, national independence and sovereignty, and the right of the Palestinians to return to their homes and property. In 1975, the Assembly established the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People. The question of Palestine and related issues have been the subject of numerous resolutions and decisions adopted by the Assembly’s regular, special and emergency sessions.

On 29 November 2012 the Assembly granted Palestine non-member observer State status in the UN. The relevant issues on the agenda of the Assembly and its subsidiary organs, such as the Human Rights Council include the right of Palestinians to self-determination, their sovereignty over natural resources, assistance, refugees, IDPs, UNRWA, human rights, Israeli settlements, peaceful settlement of the question of Palestine, and Jerusalem, among others.

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GA’s Resolutions on Question of Palestine

Date Title Subject Symbol
10-Dec-2020 Palestine Refugees’ Properties and their Revenues – GA Resolution (A/RES/75/95) Absentee property, Land, Refugees and displaced persons, Right of return A/RES/75/95
Sources:

General Assembly, General Assembly Fourth Committee (Special Political and Decolonization), United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)

Type

General Assembly resolution, Resolution

10-Dec-2020 Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People in the oPt, including East Jerusalem – GA Resolution (A/RES/75/98) Assistance, Fourth Geneva Convention, Gaza Strip, Human rights and international humanitarian law, Israeli practices affecting the human rights of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, Jerusalem, Occupation, Peace process, Prisoners and detainees, Protection, Wall, Women A/RES/75/98
Sources:

General Assembly, General Assembly Fourth Committee (Special Political and Decolonization), Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices

Type

General Assembly resolution, Resolution

02-Dec-2020 Special Information Programme on Question of Palestine of the Department of Global Communications of the UN Secretariat – GA Resolution (A/RES/75/23) Inalienable rights of the Palestinian people, Palestine question, Peace proposals and efforts, Public information A/RES/75/23
Sources:

Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (CEIRPP), General Assembly, United Nations Department of Global Communications

Type

General Assembly resolution, Resolution

02-Dec-2020 Peaceful Settlement of the Question of Palestine – GA Resolution (A/RES/75/22) Palestine question A/RES/75/22
Sources:

General Assembly

Type

General Assembly resolution, Resolution

02-Dec-2020 GA-mandated Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People – GA Resolution (A/RES/75/20) Inalienable rights of the Palestinian people, Peace proposals and efforts, Public information A/RES/75/20
Sources:

Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (CEIRPP), General Assembly

Type

General Assembly resolution, Resolution

02-Dec-2020 The Syrian Golan – GA Resolution (A/RES/75/24) Golan Heights, Palestine question A/RES/75/24
Sources:

General Assembly

Type

General Assembly resolution, Resolution

02-Dec-2020 Division for Palestinian Rights – GA Resolution (A/RES/75/21) Inalienable rights of the Palestinian people, Palestine question, Solidarity day A/RES/75/21
Sources:

Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (CEIRPP), Division for Palestinian Rights (DPR), General Assembly

Type

General Assembly resolution, Resolution

19-Dec-2019 Permanent Sovereignty of the Palestinian People in the oPt and Golan Over their Natural Resources – GA Resolution (A/RES/74/243) Agenda Item, Golan Heights, Human rights and international humanitarian law, Inalienable rights of the Palestinian people, Natural resources, Occupation A/RES/74/243
Sources:

General Assembly, General Assembly Second Committee (Economic and Financial)

Type

Arabic text, Chinese text, French text, General Assembly resolution, Resolution, Russian text, Spanish text

18-Dec-2019 The Right of the Palestinian People to Self-determination – GA Resolution (A/RES/74/139) Agenda Item, Self-determination, Statehood-related A/RES/74/139
Sources:

General Assembly, General Assembly Third Committee (Social Humanitarian and Cultural)

Type

Arabic text, Chinese text, French text, General Assembly resolution, Resolution, Russian text, Spanish text

16-Dec-2019 Assistance to the Palestinian People – GA Resolution (A/RES/74/117) Agenda Item, Assistance to the Palestinian people A/RES/74/117
Sources:

General Assembly

Type

Arabic text, Chinese text, French text, General Assembly resolution, Resolution, Russian text, Spanish text

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