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Palestine pushes Arab League to block Israeli bid at UN Security Council

Sept. 11, 2017 10:41 A.M. (Updated: Sept. 14, 2017 12:11 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Ambassador to Egypt and permanent envoy to the Cairo-based Arab League Jamal Shubaki said on Sunday that the Arab League Council approved a Palestinian proposal to create a committee aimed at countering Israel's attempts to be elected as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council (UNSC), Arabic media reported on Sunday.

According to reports, Shubaki said the committee will consist of president of the Arab League Summit, president of the Arab Leagues ministerial council, the state of Palestine, the Arab League's secretary-general, and Egypt as the current Arab non-permanent member state of the UN Security Council.

Earlier on Sunday, Shubaki himself submitted the proposal at a closed-door meeting of permanent envoys of member states at the Arab League's headquarters in Egypt. The representative of Djibouti presided over the meeting as they are the current rotational president of the Arab League Council.

In a speech before submitting his proposal, Shubaki highlighted that Israel's illegal settlement expansion in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem increased by 85 percent in 2017 compared to in 2016, which saw the passing of UNSC Resolution 2334 against settlement expansion.

He also highlighted that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had been shuttling between neighboring countries “trying to recruit more and more of our friends around the world from East Asia to Latin America and Africa" to support the Israeli bid at the UNSC.

Netanyahu, he added, "keeps boasting that his relationships with Arab countries have become better than what is reported, and that Arab states have changed from enemies to allies in an attempt to convince our friends" to vote in favor of Israel.

The Palestinian envoy added that the Israeli parliament, Knesset, has during Netanyahu's reign, “introduced more than 20 racist legislations, reflecting a systematic policy seeking to deface the historic rights of the Palestinian people.”

Meanwhile, The Jerusalem Post reported last week that Israeli officials would thwarted expected Palestinian attempts to to seek full state membership in the UN World Tourism Organization.

Israel has routinely condemned the UN for what it sees as their anti-Israel stance, as numerous resolutions have been passed in recent months condemning Israel’s half-century occupation of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and its relentless settlement enterprise that has dismembered the Palestinian territory.
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