UN Resolution and the Rule of Law

The UN recently passed a resolution telling the Israelis to vacate the occupied land belonging to the Palestinians. The US abstained and the resolution was passed by 14 votes to nil. Now, is this resolution now a law, an international law, a law passed by the UN?

This resolution is not the so called ‘UN backed’ ruling by an arbitration court in The Hague that acted more like a kangaroo court. This is the UN itself passing the resolution. This resolution has very serious implications for small states. It is about the rule of law and about the UN passing laws to protect the interests of small states.

The Israeli govt is opposing this resolution and declared that they would not abide by it. The USA is also not going to abide by it and its congress is going to rule against it, to throw it out. The USA and Israel are not going to abide by a UN resolution or law. They are not going to follow international law, they are not going to abide by the rule of law.

What would Singapore govt’s position be on this? Would Singapore shout at the USA and Israel to abide by the rule of law, by the UN resolution? What is our principled position on this? If Singapore finds the rulings of the arbitration court, a NOT UN backed organization so important, would a UN resolution be even more important to uphold?

Or would Singapore compromise its principles and look the other way because USA and Israel are our close allies?


Anonymous said...

We are 'peesai'!

What to say?!

Silence is golden!

Anonymous said...

The answer is very clear...Sinkieland whites Miws monkeys will be on the side of USA & Israel. Why? & What rule of law? Because Sinkieland need the support of these 2 allies economically & on defense. The Rule of Law only applies to China 'cos Sinkieland think only a communist country like Cheena ( with huge military might) will bully the small states. Will Sinkieland Ah Long san shout at USA & Israel for not following UN resolution or law? Answer is very clear -- 'kaki Lang' mah shout for wat? May even close both eyes when Israel wanto take back Palestinian land.

Anonymous said...

Sinkieland, learning from WP Teochew Ah Hia, will keep quiet on such matters lah.

And indeed Sinkieland is keeping quiet, tio bo? Please correct me if boh tiok.

Anonymous said...

But, but, but some big prick said we must stand firm on our principles!
So must shout loud loud to protect our interests.

Virgo 49 said...

The UN should amend their Constitution of No Such Big Four or Five Veto Votes. After talks until no salvia and when comes to a vote, even 100 votes VETO by just one Big Vote.

Waste time, only spend time drinking and eating whereas people are dying in their countries of aggression.

All countries have equal votes and majority moved the motion.
Then, you can see our Brave Lion Hearted voted bravely.

Now SINKIE land just too frightened to displease the Big Powers so even injustices also keep mum. They would not dare to tell the USA and Israelis off.

But they still think USA prick is stronger than China and dared play monkey with China.

Wait till China show their prick and they run screaming.

Anonymous said...

Vivian Balakrishnan, the Singapore minister for foreign affairs, is noticeably very very quiet on this Israel-defy-UN-resolution matter . . .

Anonymous said...

I think the best path to take at present times is to be QUIET,
work hard and be very very focused to bring businesses and
investmens to our land!

Take good care of the economy!

Jobs! Jobs! Jobs! For Singaporeans!

Anonymous said...

i tell u I am very proud of UN being able to pass the NO settlement on occupied land.

It was as good a feeling as seeing Aleppo peace agreement signed withOUT US s participation and the IsIs fighters withdrew by loads of buses leaving Aleppo.

Both peace agreements involved middle east s most pitiful war torn countries.

NO settlement however will not stop. I think it will not stop until the country sending its people to occupy others lands is completely destroyed like Aleppo. There will be a day when it comes, because US is weakening. US does not have high speed rail inside US. Can u imagine how backward is US now?

I predict after 50 years, Israel will be wiped off by Iran using nuclear weapon when each throwing nuclear to each other. Then the radioactive Israel land will not be occupied. May be little dot can help the jews by taking in the war torn jew refugees as foreign talents the old loong will treasure like jewels jews.

Anonymous said...

Do you think Ah Loong and Bala will tell Israel to obey the rule of law ???
If they don't do it ... does that mean they are hypocrites?

Anonymous said...

So what if the two are hypocrites? worst than that lah.

Anonymous said...

@ January 17, 2017 12:24 pm
Please don't call Ah Loong and Bala hypocrites.
You are being very unfair and insulting to all the hypocrites in this world.

Anonymous said...

You see in reality what the UN is or represents. It stands for 'Utter Nonsense' and now that it has served the purpose of the West, they are abandoning it by pulling out their funding.

Rest assured they will gang up again to start another nonsensical grouping to serve their purpose. Sometimes you have to realise the hypocrisy of the hypocrites that come up with all these groupings. The UN, whose utterance now means nothing when it concerns Israel or the West, but when it concerns someone like China, every other member comes out with all manner of condemnation. This is one such example of how hypocritical the world can be.

I think least said the better for my health.

Anonymous said...

United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334 (2016)

On 23 December 2016, the United Nations passed Resolution 2334 in a 14-0 vote by members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). Four members with United Nations Security Council veto power, China, France, Russia, and the United Kingdom, voted for the resolution, whereas, the United States abstained.

Resolution 2334 concerns the Israeli settlements in Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem. The resolution states that Israel′s settlement activity constitutes a "flagrant violation" of international law and has "no legal validity". It demands that Israel stop such activity and fulfill its obligations as an occupying power under the Fourth Geneva Convention.

The resolution states that all measures aimed at changing the demographic composition and status of Palestinian territories occupied by Israel, including construction and expansion of settlements, transfer of Israeli settlers, confiscation of land, demolition of homes and displacement of Palestinian civilians are in violation of international humanitarian law, Israel's obligation as the occupying Power according to the Fourth Geneva Convention, and previous resolutions.

The resolution also condemns all acts of violence against civilians, including terrorism, provocation and destruction. It reiterates support for the two-state solution and noted that settlement activities are "imperilling" its viability. It also "underlines" that the UN Security Council "will not recognize any changes to the 4 June 1967 lines, including with regard to Jerusalem, other than those agreed by the parties through negotiations"; and "calls" upon all states "to distinguish, in their relevant dealings, between the territory of the State of Israel and the territories occupied since 1967.

Many countries have reacted to this very significant and historic UN Resolution positively, except Israel.

Ostensibly Singapore, whose Prime Minister and other Ministers boasted of being principled and has the courage to punch above its own weight by telling China straight off in her face numerous time to follow International Laws, has been glaringly very quiet about this extremely important INTERNATIONAL LAW that has just been passed. This shows that Singapore Ministers are hypocrites and unprincipled, is it not?