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Israel, Palestine: UN Assembly declares that peace is “a two-State solution"

A woman holds a Palestinian flag during a protest in Gaza A woman holds a Palestinian flag during a protest in Gaza Reuters Photo

02 December 2020

A “two-State solution” is the only way to achieve peace between Israel and Palestine

On Tuesday, December 1st, 2020, the President of the United Nations General Assembly, Volkan Bozkir, in addressing the body’s legislative committee on the violations of human rights in Palestine, claimed that “a two-State solution recognized by Resolution 181 is the only premise for a just, lasting and comprehensive peace between Israelis and Palestinians.”

Palestinian territories, including the West Bank and East Jerusalem, have been under Israeli occupation since 1967, occupation which is considered illegal under International law. Nonetheless, these territories have been carved up and filled with hundreds of Israeli settlements and military checkpoints that seem to represent first steps of what is defined as an “annexation”, a term used when a State unilaterally incorporates another territory within its borders. Referring to this long-lasting conflict, Volkan Bozkir condemned all those actions that deny the status of Jerusalem as a city under a special international regime, and that may be categorized as “threats of annexations”.  These actions are indeed a “recurring pattern, which severely curtails the fundamental rights and freedoms of the Palestinians” Volkan Bozkir said.

In such a desperate situation that has been affecting entire generations, forcing people to live in a permanent state of emergency, Volkan Bozkir has urged for the application of UN Resolution 181, approved by the General Assembly in 1947, which called for the partition of Palestine into an Arab and a Jewish State, with the city of Jerusalem as corpus separatum (“separate entity”). Although the Resolution has been rejected by the Arab front and turned into a war of annihilation against the Jewish part, according to Bozkir nowadays it remains “the only viable option to achieve peace.”


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Author: Sara Mariani

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