February 23, 2020

Canada Votes Again for UN Resolution Calling East Jerusalem ‘Occupied’ Territory

WINNIPEG, MB - SEPTEMBER 19: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addresses the media regarding photos and video that have surfaced in which he is wearing dark makeup on September 19, 2019 in Winnipeg, Canada. Three separate incidents came to light yesterday where Trudeau was wearing dark makeup as part of a costume while attending events while he was a student or a teacher. (Photo by John Woods/Getty Images)

Canada voted to uphold its Nov. 20 preliminary vote in favor of a United Nations resolution that calls East Jerusalem Israeli “occupied” territory and condemns Israel’s West Bank security barrier that was built in 2004.

The resolution, which North Korea, Zimbabwe, Egypt, the Palestine Liberation Organization and Nicaragua all sponsored, called East Jerusalem – where various Jewish holy sites are – “Occupied Palestinian Territory.” It also says that the barrier “severely impedes the Palestinian people’s right to self-determination.”

Canada’s initial vote on the resolution in the U.N. General Assembly (GA)’s Third Committee came under fire from myriad Canadian Jewish groups; U.N. Watch had launched a petition for Canada to change its stance for the December 18 vote in front of the entire GA. The vote remained the same and the resolution passed the GA with 167 in favor, five against and 11 abstentions.

Canada’s UN Mission Political Coordinator Anthony Hinton said to UN delegates after the vote, “Canada strongly supports the international consensus on a two-state solution, so that both peoples can have a secure and prosperous future. This is particularly important at a time when the prospects for ‘two states for two peoples’ is increasingly under threat.”

UN Watch Executive Director Hillel Neuer argued in a tweet that Canada voted for the resolution so the country could secure a seat on the U.N. Security Council in 2020; he called it a “Faustian bargain.”

B’nai Brith Canada CEO Michael Mostyn said in a statement that the vote “stains Canada’s reputation. Just last week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau assured the Jewish community that Canada would ‘always defend Israel’s right to live in security.’ Voting for this resolution is not in line with that commitment.”

The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) similarly tweeted, “We remain angry and deeply disappointed that #Canada voted against #Israel – Canada’s democratic ally – again today at the #UNGA.”