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UNSCR 252 (21 May 1968)

 [USA and Canada abstained.]

The Security Council

  1. Deplores the failure of Israel to comply with the General Assembly Resolutions [concerning measures and actions by Israel purporting to affect the status of the city of Jerusalem] 

  2. Considers that all legislative and administrative measures and actions taken by Israel, including expropriation of land and properties thereon, which tend to change the legal status of Jerusalem are invalid and cannot change that status;

  3. Urgently calls upon Israel to rescind all such measures already taken and to desist forthwith from taking any further actions which tends to change the status of Jerusalem.”

UNSCR 267 (3 July 1969)

[Adopted unanimously]

The Security Council

“Recalling its resolution 252 of 21 May 1968 and the earlier General Assembly resolutions 2253 (ES-V) and 2254 (ES-V) of 4 and 14 July 1967 respectively concerning measures and actions by Israel affecting the status of the City of Jerusalem, . .

Noting that since the adoption of the above-mentioned resolutions Israel has taken further measures tending to change the status of the City of Jerusalem. .

  1. Reaffirms its resolution 252 (1968);

  2. Deplores the failure of Israel to show any regard for the General Assembly and Security Council resolution mentioned above;

  3. Censures in the strongest terms all measures taken to change the status of the City of Jerusalem; 

  4. Confirms that all legislative and administrative measures and actions by Israel which purport to alter the status of Jerusalem including expropriation of land and properties thereon are invalid and cannot change that status;

  5. Urgently calls once more upon Israel to rescind forthwith all measures taken by it which may tend to change the status of the City of Jerusalem, and in future to refrain from all actions likely to have such an effect. . .”

UNSCR 298 (25 September 1971)

[Syria abstained]

The Security Council, . . .

“2. Deplores the failure of Israel to respect the previous resolutions adopted by the United Nations concerning measures and actions by Israel purporting to affect the status of the city of Jerusalem;

3. Confirms in the clearest possible terms that all legislative and administrative actions taken by Israel to change the status of the city of Jerusalem including expropriation of land and properties, transfer of populations and legislation aimed at the incorporation of the occupied sections are totally invalid and cannot change that status”.

NSCR 476 (30 June 1980)

[USA abstained.]

The Security Council,  . . .

“1. Reaffirms the overriding necessity to end the prolonged occupation of Arab territories occupied by Israel since 1967, including Jerusalem;”. . .

UNSCR 478 (20 August 1980)

[USA abstained.]

The Security Council, . . .

“Deeply Concerned over the enactment of a “basic law” in the Israeli Knesset proclaiming a change in the character and status of the Holy City of Jerusalem, with its implications for peace and security. . . .

Censures in the strongest terms the enactment by Israel of the “basic law” on Jerusalem and the refusal to comply with relevant Security Council resolutions;

2. Affirms that the enactment of the “basic law” by Israel constitutes a violation of international law and does not affect the continued application of the Geneva Convention relative to the  Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, of 12 August 1949, in the Palestinian and other Arab territories occupied since 1967, including Jerusalem; . . .

5. Decides not to recognize the “basic law” and such other actions by Israel that, as a result of this law, seek to alter the character of and status of Jerusalem and call upon:

  1. all Member States to accept this decision; 

  2. Those States that have established diplomatic missions at Jerusalem to withdraw such Missions from the Holy City;” . . .

 

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