The UN Declares Israeli Settlements Illegal While Condemning Palestinian Right to Self-Defence
Israel’s Settlements Have No Legal Validity, Constitute Flagrant Violation of International Law, Security Council Reaffirms
14 Delegations in Favour of Resolution 2334 (2016) as United States Abstains
The Security Council reaffirmed this afternoon that Israel’s establishment of settlements in Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, had no legal validity, constituting a flagrant violation under international law and a major obstacle to the vision of two States living side-by-side in peace and security, within internationally recognized borders.
Adopting resolution 2334 (2016) by 14 votes, with the United States abstaining, the Council reiterated its demand that Israel immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem. It underlined that it would not recognize any changes to the 4 June 1967 lines, including with regard to Jerusalem, other than those agreed by the two sides through negotiations.
The Council called for immediate steps to prevent all acts of violence against civilians, including acts of terror, as well as all acts of provocation and destruction. It further called for the strengthening of ongoing efforts to combat terrorism, including through existing security coordination, and to clearly condemn all acts of terrorism. The Council called on both sides to observe calm and restraint, and to refrain from provocative actions, incitement and inflammatory rhetoric in order to de-escalate the situation on the ground and rebuild trust and confidence.1
It should go without saying that any person or organization condemning Israel’s illegal settlement activity should also support the right of Palestinians to use self-defence against the aggressor regime evicting innocent Palestinians to build illegal settlements. Despite declaring the settlements illegal, and despite knowing that citizens of the Palestinian territories have no representation in Israeli parliament, the Security Council condemns Palestinians using any type of force to protect themselves.
Resolution 2334 (2016)
Adopted by the Security Council at its 7853rd meeting, on 23 December 2016
Reaffirming the obligation of Israel, the occupying Power, to abide scrupulously by its legal obligations and responsibilities under the Fourth Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, of 12 August 1949, and recalling the advisory opinion rendered on 9 July 2004 by the International Court of Justice,
Condemning all measures aimed at altering the demographic composition, character and status of the Palestinian Territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, including, inter alia, the construction and expansion of settlements, transfer of Israeli settlers, confiscation of land, demolition of homes and displacement of Palestinian civilians, in violation of international humanitarian law and relevant resolutions, 2
Recalling also the obligation under the Quartet roadmap for the Palestinian Authority Security Forces to maintain effective operations aimed at confronting all those engaged in terror and dismantling terrorist capabilities, including the confiscation of illegal weapons,
Condemning all acts of violence against civilians, including acts of terror, as well as all acts of provocation, incitement and destruction, 
Condemning the settlements as illegal while also condemning Palestinian right to self-defence is as foolish as condemning the Holocaust while simultaneously condemning Jewish retaliation against the Nazis. It’s as foolish as condemning European colonialism in the Americas while simultaneously condemning physical resistance on the part of Native Americans to protect their land from invaders.
- 1. "Israel’s Settlements Have No Legal Validity, Constitute Flagrant Violation of International Law, Security Council Reaffirms." United Nations, 26 Dec. 2016, https://www.un.org/press/en/2016/sc12657.doc.htm. Accessed 2 Jun 2017.
- 2. "Resolution 2334." United Nations Security Council. 23 Dec. 2016, https://www.un.org/webcast/pdfs/SRES2334-2016.pdf. Accessed 2 Jun. 2017.