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UN Security Council

Resolution 2334

  • December 23, 2016:

    The Security Council,

    Reaffirming
    its relevant resolutions, including resolutions 242 (1967), 338 (1973), 446 (1979), 452 (1979), 465 (1980), 476 (1980), 478 (1980), 1397 (2002), 1515 (2003), and 1850 (2008),

    Guided by the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations, and reaffirming, inter alia, the inadmissibility of the acquisition of territory by force,

    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,

    Expressing grave concern that continuing Israeli settlement activities are dangerously imperilling the viability of the two-State solution based on the 1967 lines,

    Recalling the obligation under the Quartet Roadmap, endorsed by its resolution 1515 (2003), for a freeze by Israel of all settlement activity, including "natural growth", and the dismantlement of all settlement outposts erected since March 2001,

    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,

    Reiterating its vision of a region where two democratic States, Israel and Palestine, live side by side in peace within secure and recognized borders,

    Stressing that the status quo is not sustainable and that significant steps, consistent with the transition contemplated by prior agreements, are urgently needed in order to (i) stabilize the situation and to reverse negative trends on the ground, which are steadily eroding the two-State solution and entrenching a one-State reality, and (ii) to create the conditions for successful final status negotiations and for advancing the two-State solution through those negotiations and on the ground,

    1. Reaffirms that the establishment by Israel of settlements in the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, has no legal validity and constitutes a flagrant violation under international law and a major obstacle to the achievement of the two-State solution and a just, lasting and comprehensive peace;

    2. Reiterates its demand that Israel immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem, and that it fully respect all of its legal obligations in this regard;

    3. Underlines that it 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;

    4. Stresses that the cessation of all Israeli settlement activities is essential for salvaging the two-State solution, and calls for affirmative steps to be taken immediately to reverse the negative trends on the ground that are imperilling the two-State solution;

    5. Calls upon all States, bearing in mind paragraph 1 of this resolution, to distinguish, in their relevant dealings, between the territory of the State of Israel and the territories occupied since 1967;

    6. Calls for immediate steps to prevent all acts of violence against civilians, including acts of terror, as well as all acts of provocation and destruction, calls for accountability in this regard, and calls for compliance with obligations under international law for the strengthening of ongoing efforts to combat terrorism, including through existing security coordination, and to clearly condemn all acts of terrorism;

    7. Calls upon both parties to act on the basis of international law, including international humanitarian law, and their previous agreements and obligations, to observe calm and restraint, and to refrain from provocative actions, incitement and inflammatory rhetoric, with the aim, inter alia, of de-escalating the situation on the ground, rebuilding trust and confidence, demonstrating through policies and actions a genuine commitment to the two-State solution, and creating the conditions necessary for promoting peace;

    8. Calls upon all parties to continue, in the interest of the promotion of peace and security, to exert collective efforts to launch credible negotiations on all final status issues in the Middle East peace process and within the time frame specified by the Quartet in its statement of 21 September 2010;

    9. Urges in this regard the intensification and acceleration of international and regional diplomatic efforts and support aimed at achieving, without delay a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East on the basis of the relevant United Nations resolutions, the Madrid terms of reference, including the principle of land for peace, the Arab Peace Initiative and the Quartet Roadmap and an end to the Israeli occupation that began in 1967; and underscores in this regard the importance of the ongoing efforts to advance the Arab Peace Initiative, the initiative of France for the convening of an international peace conference, the recent efforts of the Quartet, as well as the efforts of Egypt and the Russian Federation;

    10. Confirms its determination to support the parties throughout the negotiations and in the implementation of an agreement;

    11. Reaffirms its determination to examine practical ways and means to secure the full implementation of its relevant resolutions;

    12. Requests the Secretary-General to report to the Council every three months on the implementation of the provisions of the present resolution;

    13. Decides to remain seized of the matter.

Reports Under Resolution 2334

  • March 30, 2020: Thirteenth Report on the implementation of Security Council Resolution 2334

    "Mister President, Members of the Security Council, On behalf of the Secretary-General, I will devote this briefing to presenting the thirteenth report on the implementation of Security Council resolution 2334, covering the period from 18 December 2019 to 20 March of this year... Mister President, Security Council resolution 2334 (2016) called on Member States 'to distinguish, in their relevant dealings, between the territory of the State of Israel and the territories occupied in 1967.' On 12 February, the UN Human Rights Office issued its report on businesses involved in activities related to settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory, as requested by the Human Rights Council in its Resolution 31/36, adopted on 24 March 2016. As noted in paragraph 19 of the report it 'does not purport to constitute a judicial or quasi-judicial process of any kind or legal characterization of the listed activities or business enterprises involvement therein'..."

  • December 12, 2019: Twelth Report on the implementation of Security Council Resolution 2334

    "1. The present report, the twelfth quarterly report on the implementation of Security Council resolution 2334 (2016), provides a review and assessment of the implementation of the resolution since my previous report on the subject, which was delivered orally by my Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process and Personal Representative to the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Palestinian Authority, on 20 September 2019. The report covers developments from 12 September to 6 December 2019... 44. In its resolution 2334 (2016), the Security Council called upon all States to distinguish, in their relevant dealings, between the territory of the State of Israel and the territories occupied since 1967. 45. On 12 November, the Court of Justice of the European Union issued a ruling, determining that "foodstuffs originating in the territories occupied by the State of Israel must bear the indication of their territory of origin, accompanied, where those foodstuffs come from an Israeli settlement within that territory, by the indication of that provenance", in order for the indication of origin to be correct and not misleading for the consumer."

  • September 20, 2019: Eleventh Report on the implementation of Security Council Resolution 2334

    "Today I will devote my regular briefing on the situation in the Middle East to presenting, on behalf of the Secretary-General, the eleventh report on the implementation of Security Council resolution 2334 (2016), which covers the period between 11 June and 11 September 2019... Security Council resolution 2334 (2016) called on Member States 'to distinguish, in their relevant dealings, between the territory of the State of Israel and the territories occupied in 1967.' I note ongoing separate proceedings in the European Court of Justice and the Federal Court of Canada related to the labelling of products originating in Israel and the territories occupied in 1967."

  • June 20, 2019: Tenth Report on the implementation of Security Council Resolution 2334

    "Today I will devote my regular briefing on the situation in the Middle East to presenting, on behalf of the Secretary-General, the tenth report on the implementation of Security Council resolution 2334 (2016), which covers the period between 25 March and 10 June 2019... Security Council resolution 2334 (2016) called on Member States 'to distinguish, in their relevant dealings, between the territory of the State of Israel and the territories occupied in 1967.' We are not aware of any such steps taken during the reporting period."

  • March 26, 2019: Ninth Report on the implementation of Security Council Resolution 2334

    "1. The present report, the ninth quarterly report on the implementation of Security Council resolution 2334 (2016), provides a review and assessment of the implementation of the resolution since my previous report on the subject, which was delivered orally by my Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process and Personal Representative on 18 December 2018. The report covers developments from 15 December 2018 to 15 March 2019... 48. In its resolution 2334 (2016), the Security Council called upon all States to distinguish, in their relevant dealings, between the territory of the State of Israel and the territories occupied since 1967. There were no known developments related to States doing so during the reporting period."

  • December 18, 2018: Eighth Report, on behalf of the Secretary-General, on the implementation of Security Council Resolution 2334

    "On behalf of the Secretary-General, I will present today the eighth report on the implementation of Security Council resolution 2334 covering the period from 13 September to 14 December. I will focus on developments on the ground in accordance with the provisions of the resolution, including on regional and international efforts to advance peace... Security Council resolution 2334 (2016) calls upon all States 'to distinguish in their relevant dealings, between the territory of the State of Israel and the territories occupied since 1967.' On 28 November the Chilean Parliament approved a resolution, which called on the Government to examine all of its agreements with Israel to ascertain that they apply solely to the territory of the State of Israel, and not to the territories occupied since 1967. The Republic of Ireland advanced in the upper house of Parliament, the 'Control of Economic Activity (in the Occupied Territories) Bill 2018', which, if passed into law would, prohibit trade with and economic support for settlements."

  • September 20, 2018: Seventh Report, on behalf of the Secretary-General, on the implementation of Security Council Resolution 2334

    "On behalf of the Secretary-General, I will devote this briefing to presenting the seventh report on the implementation of Security Council resolution 2334 covering the period from 13 June to 12 September this year... Security Council resolution 2334 (2016) called on Member States 'to distinguish, in their relevant dealings, between the territory of the State of Israel and the territories occupied in 1967.' No such steps were taken during the reporting period. The resolution also called upon 'all parties to continue, inter alia, to exert collective efforts to launch credible negotiations'. No progress was achieved in this respect."

  • June 18, 2018: Sixth Report, on behalf of the Secretary-General, on the implementation of Security Council Resolution 2334

    "The present report is the sixth quarterly report on the implementation of Security Council resolution 2334 (2016). It provides a review and an assessment of the implementation of the resolution since my previous report on the subject, which was delivered orally on 26 March 2018, and covers developments until 12 June 2018... On 30 April, the Palestinian National Council convened in Ramallah for the first time in 22 years, re-electing Mr. Abbas as Chair... The final statement of the Palestinian National Council... stressed the need to implement the decision of the Central Council, made at its past two sessions, to stop all forms of security coordination and to be free from the economic dependency ties established by the Paris Protocol on Economic Relations, including the economic boycott of occupation products... In its resolution 2334 (2016), the Security Council called upon all States to distinguish, in their relevant dealings, between the territory of the State of Israel and the territories occupied since 1967. During the reporting period, there were no developments related to States' doing so."

  • March 26, 2018: Fifth Report, on behalf of the Secretary-General, on the implementation of Security Council Resolution 2334

    "On behalf of the Secretary-General, I devote my regular briefing on the situation in the Middle East today to presenting the fifth report on the implementation of Security Council resolution 2334 that covers the period from 18 December last year to 25 March this year... Resolution 2334 calls on Israel to 'immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem' and to fully respect all its legal obligations in this regard. No such steps were taken during the reporting period. I reiterate that the United Nations considers all settlement activities to be a violation of international law and a major obstacle to peace... Resolution 2334 calls upon all States to distinguish, in their relevant dealings, between the territory of the State of Israel and the territories occupied since 1967. There are two developments to report in this regard. On 23 January, the Danish Parliament passed a resolution with reference to Security Council resolution 2334, and in line with European Union policy, urging that future agreements between Denmark and Israel clearly state their inapplicability to occupied territory and encouraging the Government to strengthen its guidance to private and public investors. Also in January, the European Commission signed a financing agreement with Israel allowing the latter's participation in the Joint Operational Programme 'Mediterranean Sea Basin' under the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument for 2014-2020. In continuation of an existing European Union practice, the agreement includes a territorial clause stating that 'in accordance with EU policy the agreement shall not apply to the geographic areas that came under the administration of the State of Israel after 5 June 1967.'..."

  • December 18, 2017: Fourth Report, on behalf of the Secretary-General, on the implementation of Security Council Resolution 2334

    "On behalf of the Secretary-General, I devote my regular briefing on the situation in the Middle East today to presenting the fourth report on the implementation of Security Council resolution 2334 covering the period from 20 September to 18 December... The resolution reiterates its demand that Israel 'immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem'. No such steps have been taken during the reporting period;... Let me reiterate that the United Nations considers all settlement activities to be illegal under inter-national law and a major obstacle to peace... During the reporting period, there have been no developments related to Member States distinguishing, in their relevant dealings, between the territory of the State of Israel and the territories occupied in 1967... Continued settlement construction in the occupied Palestinian territory contravenes resolution 2334... Settlement-related activities undermine the chances for the establishment of a viable, contiguous Palestinian state as part of a two-state solution."

  • September 25, 2017: Third Report, on behalf of the Secretary-General, on the implementation of Resolution 2334

    "Today I devote my regular briefing to the Council to reporting, on behalf of the Secretary-General, on the implementation of Security Council resolution 2334 (2016) during the period from 20 June to 20 September...During the reporting period, Israel did not 'cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem, and fully respect all of its legal obligations in this regard,' as called for by the resolution...The United Nations considers all settlement activities to be illegal under international law and an impediment to peace. Resolution 2334 states that the international community will not recognize any changes to the 4 June 1967 lines, including with regard to Jerusalem, other than those agreed to by the parties themselves through negotiations...During the reporting period there have been no developments related to Member States' distinguishing, in their relevant dealings, between the territory of the State of Israel and the territories it occupied in 1967."

  • June 20, 2017: Second Report, on Behalf of the Secretary-General, on the Implementation of Resolution 2334

    "[T]oday I devote my regular briefing to the Council to reporting on behalf of the Secretary-General on the implementation of Resolution 2334 during the period from the 25th of March to the 19th of June... Mr. President, Resolution 2334 calls on Israel to take, I quote, 'steps to cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem.' No such steps have been taken during the reporting period... The United Nations considers all settlement activities to be illegal under international law... Returning to the resolution, Mr. President, during the reporting period, there have been no developments related to Member States' distinguishing in their relevant dealings between the territory of the State of Israel and the territories occupied in 1967."

  • March 24, 2017: First Report, on Behalf of the Secretary-General, on the Implementation of Resolution 2334

    "Today I devote my regular briefing to the Council on the Situation in the Middle East to reporting, on behalf of the Secretary-General, on the implementation of resolution 2334.

    In this first report, I will focus on developments on the ground in accordance with the provisions of the resolution, including on regional and international efforts to advocate and advance the peace process...

    During the reporting period there have been no developments related to Member States' distinguishing, in their relevant dealings, between the territory of the State of Israel and the territories occupied in 1967...

    Settlement expansion undermines the very essence of the two state solution. Resolution 2334 states that the international community will not recognize any changes to the 4 June 1967 lines, including with regard to Jerusalem, other than those changes that are agreed by the parties through negotiations..."

Other UN Documents on Resolution 2334

  • September 4, 2019. Report of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, A/74/35

    "9. To ensure accountability, the Committee and the wider membership reiterated calls for the implementation of relevant resolutions, including Security Council resolution 2334 (2016), and for reports on the implementation of that resolution to include information on compliance with its paragraph 5, in which States are called upon to distinguish in their dealings between Israel and the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem (see S/2019/251 and S/2018/614). They also reiterated their call for the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to publish in an expeditious manner the database of companies operating in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem.
    ...
    38. As part of its priority to engage the European Union, the Committee sent delegations to Brussels and Berlin. The visit of the delegation to Brussels from 4 to 6 March 2019 mobilized regional and national support for the two-State solution and promoted concrete steps, such as the recognition of the State of Palestine and the protection of Palestinian civilians under occupation. Key action-oriented points raised during the visit included:... compliance with the European Union policy of differentiation regarding products imported into the European Union from the Occupied Palestinian Territory, in particular from illegal Israeli settlements, and as a requirement of Security Council resolution 2334 (2016); the publication by the United Nations of a database of businesses profiting from the occupation of the Palestinian territory;
    ...
    64. At the United Nations Forum on the Question of Palestine on 4 April, the Committee invited Senator Frances Black of Ireland, who had spearheaded a bill in line with paragraph 5 of Security Council resolution 2334 (2016) and the European Union policy of differentiation regarding products imported from the Occupied Palestinian Territory. During those meetings, interlocutors recommended that the Committee organize events focused on the role of parliamentarians in finding a just solution for the question of Palestine.
    ...

  • September 4, 2018: Report of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People for the 72nd Session of the General Assembly, A/73/35

    "18. On 23 January, in line with European Union policy, the Parliament of Denmark passed a resolution with reference to Security Council resolution 2334 (2016) urging the inclusion of a clear statement in future agreements between Denmark and Israel indicating their inapplicability to occupied territory and encouraging the Government of Denmark to strengthen its guidance to private and public investors. On 11 July, the Seanad Éireann (the upper house) of Ireland passed a bill prohibiting trade with and economic support for settlements in occupied territory...

    35. In the monthly meetings of the Council on the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question, the Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process reported that the failure of the forces of moderation was a win for the forces of radicalization and that unilateral moves that blocked the way back to the negotiating table would drive the situation further towards a one -State reality of perpetual occupation. He also highlighted the need to maintain support for Palestine refugees as a fundamental issue to the pursuit of peace and security in the region. The Special Coordinator also presented three reports on behalf of the Secretary-General on the implementation of Security Council resolution 2334 (2016), the third of which was presented on 19 June and, in response to repeated requests by the Committee and other Member States, made available in writing...

    100. The Committee urges the Security Council and the General Assembly to ensure the accountability and implementation of the long-standing parameters for peace stated in relevant United Nations resolutions, including Security Council resolution 2334 (2016). The Committee requests the Secretary-General to continue to present his reports to the Council on the implementation of the resolution in a written format and, pursuant to paragraph 5 of the resolution, to include in his reports references to implementation by Member States. Pursuant to paragraph 11 of the resolution, the Committee also calls upon the Council to examine practical ways and means to secure the full implementation of relevant Council resolutions."
  • September 5, 2017: Report of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People for the 72nd Session of the General Assembly, A/72/35

    "8. On 23 December, the Security Council passed the landmark resolution 2334 (2016)...The resolution reaffirmed that establishment by Israel of settlements in the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, had no legal validity...
    ...
    61. On 22 March 2017, the Bureau met with the new Secretary-General Antonio Guterres...In particular, the Bureau requested the Secretary-General to make full use of one of the main tools currently at his disposal – his quarterly reports on the implementation of Security Council resolution 2334 (2016).

    62. On 18 May, the Committee conveyed its position on the quarterly report by the Secretary-General on implementation of resolution 2334 (2016) via an official letter to the Secretary-General, namely that the report should be substantive, in writing, and clearly indicate whether or not relevant parties are in compliance with the provisions of the resolution.
    ...
    103. The Committee urges the Security Council, which has a primary responsibility for maintaining peace and security under the Charter, and the General Assembly to play a constructive role in ensuring fullest accountability and implementation of the longstanding parameters for peace reiterated in the relevant UN resolutions for resolving the conflict. Positive consideration should be given to all proposals that endeavor to overcome the current impasse. In this regard, the Committee welcomes the adoption of Security Council resolution 2334 (2016) which reaffirmed the illegality of Israeli settlements in the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, and called for urgent steps to reverse negative trends on the ground which are steadily eroding the two-State solution, thus generating a unique momentum for peace which needs to be maintained. In the context of paragraph 12 of the resolution, the Committee requests the Secretary-General to present his third and subsequent reports to the Council on the implementation of the resolution's provisions in a written format and to propose practical ways and means to hold Israel accountable for its illegal settlement activitIes and other violations.
    ...
    109. The Committee underscores the responsibility of States and private entities not to contribute to grave Israeli violations of Palestinian human rights, particularly in respect of settlements in the OPT, including East Jerusalem. It looks forward to the establishment of a database of all actors conducting business in areas under Israeli military occupation, as mandated by Human Rights Council resolution A/HRC/31/L.38 of 2016. Within the context of this resolution as well as paragraph 5 of Security Council resolution 2334 (2016) calling upon states to 'distinguish, in their relevant dealings, between the territory of the State of Israel and the territories occupied in 1967', the Committee urges further steps by Governments, private businesses and other relevant bodies including the European Union, to dissociate themselves from policies which directly or indirectly grant legitimacy or support illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, and the occupation at large."

Other Resolutions

  • August 20, 1980: UN Security Council Resolution, "Territories occupied by Israel," S/RES/478(1980)

    "The Security Council,
    ...
    1. 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;
    ...
    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 and status of Jerusalem and calls upon: (a) All Member States to accept this decision; (b) Those States that have established diplomatic missions at Jerusalem to withdraw such missions from the Holy City;"

    Adopted by a vote of 14 in favor, 0 against, 1 abstention (U.S.)

  • March 1, 1980: UN Security Council Resolution, "Territories occupied by Israel," S/RES/465(1980)

    "The Security Council,
    ...
    7. Calls upon all States not to provide Israel with any assistance to be used specifically in connexion with settlements in the occupied territories;"

    Adopted by a vote of 14 in favor, 0 against, 1 abstention (U.S.)

Statements at the Security Council

  • February 11, 2020. Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas at the 8717th meeting of the Security Council

    "From this Chamber, I call upon the Middle East Quartet, represented by the United States, the Russian Federation, the European Union and the United Nations, including the members of the Security Council, to hold an international conference for peace in order to implement resolutions of international legitimacy, in particular resolution 2334 (2016)."
  • February 11, 2020. Indonesia at the 8717th meeting of the Security Council

    "Secondly, we reaffirm the two-State solution in accordance with international law and internationally agreed parameters. We call on the international community to respect the various decisions and resolutions, including resolutions 242 (1967) and 2334 (2016)..."
  • February 11, 2020. Germany at the 8717th meeting of the Security Council

    "We reiterate that Germany will continue to distinguish between the territory of the State of Israel and the territories occupied since 1967. We 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... Fully implementing resolution 2334 (2016) would be an important step towards building confidence in the recent efforts to advance Middle East peace..."
  • February 11, 2020. South Africa at the 8717th meeting of the Security Council

    "Peace initiatives aimed at resolving the IsraeliPalestinian conflict must conform to the internationally agreed terms of reference and parameters, including the Madrid principles, the Arab Peace Initiative, the initiatives of the Quartet and the relevant resolutions of the General Assembly and Security Council - resolutions 242 (1967), 338 (1973) and 2334 (2016), among others..."
  • January 22, 2020. Sri Lanka at the resumption of the 8706th meeting of the Security Council

    "My delegation reiterates its support for resolutions 242 (1967), 497 (1981) and 2334 (2016), concerning the question of Palestine, as well as the implementation of all resolutions regarding the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people, ending the occupation of the Palestinian territories and the cessation of all illegal settlement activities."
  • January 22, 2020. Kuwait at the resumption of the 8706th meeting of the Security Council

    "Continuous Israeli acts of aggression aim to entrench occupation and undermine any prospects for genuine peace... It continues unprecedentedly to build many settlements and thousands of settlement units in the West Bank, while expanding settlements in occupied East Jerusalem and forcibly displacing Palestinian civilians, in flagrant violation of resolution 2334 (2016)."
  • January 22, 2020. Turkey at the resumption of the 8706th meeting of the Security Council

    "Resolution 2334 (2016) is clear on the destructive effects of illegal settlement activities. Its provisions must be implemented. Israel should immediately cease all settlement activities,..."
  • January 22, 2020. Vice-Chair of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (Adela Raz of Afghanistan) at the resumption of the 8706th meeting of the Security Council

    "Allow me to reiterate in the strongest terms that Israeli settlements in occupied areas are illegal under international law, as affirmed, inter alia, in resolution 2334 (2016). Claims that settlements are not illegal and may even advance Israeli-Palestinian peace are totally unfounded and offensive. Israel must halt settlement construction and expansion immediately and completely. The reports of the Secretary-General on the implementation of resolution 2334 (2016) should include reports by Member States on how they comply with operative paragraph 5, which calls on Member States to distinguish, in their dealings, between Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem, as well as with regard to settlement activities."
  • January 22, 2020. Azerbaijan on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement at the resumption of the 8706th meeting of the Security Council

    "The Non-Aligned Movement continues to believe that resolution 2334 (2016) provides the most viable path towards peace..."
  • January 22, 2020. Bangladesh on behalf of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation at the resumption of the 8706th meeting of the Security Council

    "As many have stressed, such threats and violations cannot go unchallenged. It is incumbent upon the international community to take concrete actions to compel Israel's respect for and compliance with Security Council resolutions, particularly resolution 2334 (2016). Israel must cease all illegal settlement and annexation measures in the State of Palestine, including East Jerusalem. In this regard, we reaffirm our rejection of the most recent illegal Israeli decision to establish so-called nature reserves in the West Bank. That must be prevented, and the announcement condemned... In this regard, the OIC welcomes the International Criminal Court's decision to open an investigation into Israel's crimes against the Palestinian people and hopes that it will be expeditiously pursued. The OIC calls on all States to abide by their political, legal and moral obligations to uphold international law and ensure its respect, including under the Fourth Geneva Convention. We urge all States to act with urgency and contribute to international efforts aimed at ending the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories, including East Jerusalem.
  • January 22, 2020. League of Arab States at the resumption of the 8706th meeting of the Security Council

    "Since the adoption of resolution 2334 (2016), which affirms the illegality or illegitimacy of settlements, there has been a relentless increase in the number of Israeli settlements, right under the nose of the Security Council... The members of the League of Arab States demand that the Council take a decisive position in order to stop the flagrant violation of international legitimacy and ensure respect for resolution 2334 (2016). We call for an end to all settlement activities...We call on the International Criminal Court (ICC) to open investigations into violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law."
  • January 22, 2020. Cuba at the resumption of the 8706th meeting of the Security Council

    "It is regrettable that, in the recent period, no measures have been taken to end the Israeli military aggression and occupation of the Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem, in accordance with resolution 2334 (2016), adopted by the Council, which remains silent while Israel, with impunity, consolidates its policy of expanding illegal settlements..."
  • January 21, 2020. Palestinian representative at the 8706th meeting of the Security Council

    "Israel's illegal settlement activities also reached unprecedented rates in 2019, as confirmed in the Secretary-General's reports on the implementation of resolution 2334 (2016)... All Israeli colonization in occupied Palestine, including East Jerusalem, must be condemned and neither threats nor attempts at annexation should go unchallenged. They must be immediately halted. The Charter must be upheld. The prohibition on the acquisition of territory by force must stand. Security Council resolutions, including resolution 2334 (2016), must be respected. This must mean the complete cessation of all Israeli settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem,... Should Israel continue to defy the international community, there should be no hesitation to pursue the prosecution of the perpetrators and sanctions - I repeat, sanctions. For, absent accountability, it is clear that Israel will persist with its crimes..."
  • January 21, 2020. Belgium at the 8706th meeting of the Security Council

    "We call on the Israeli authorities to put an end to that settlement policy, which is illegal under international law, including resolution 2334 (2016)."
  • January 21, 2020. Germany at the 8706th meeting of the Security Council

    "As I have said before in this organ, international law is not à la carte. We are all therefore called upon to implement the resolutions adopted by the Security Council. That is binding international law. Among those there are several resolutions on the Middle East. They are all summarized in the most recent resolution adopted on the matter - resolution 2334 (2016). According to that resolution and previous ones, settlements are illegal under international law."
  • January 21, 2020. Tunisia at the 8706th meeting of the Security Council

    "...the situation in the occupied Palestinian territories continues to deteriorate because of the insistence of Israel, the occupying Power, in forging ahead with its practices against the Palestinian people and implementing its expansionist settlement schemes, in flagrant violation of international law and Security Council resolutions, especially resolution 2334 (2016)."
  • January 21, 2020. Estonia at the 8706th meeting of the Security Council

    "I would reiterate the importance of implementing resolution 2334 (2016),..."
  • January 21, 2020. South Africa at the 8706th meeting of the Security Council

    "South Africa reiterates that the continued expansion of settlements violates international law, undermines the prospects for peace and contravenes the decisions of the Council, effectively damaging its credibility as the organ mandated to maintain international peace and security. We therefore continue to insist on the full implementation of resolution 2334 (2016). We must highlight that overt violations of Security Council resolutions would usually elicit harsher measures imposed on the party responsible for such infractions. We also call for the continuation of written reports by the Secretary-General on the implementation of resolutions 2334 (2016)."
  • January 21, 2020. China at the 8706th meeting of the Security Council

    "Resolution 2334 (2016) clearly states that the construction of settlements in occupied Palestinian territory, including in East Jerusalem, is in violation of international law. The parties concerned should earnestly implements this resolution, immediately cease all settlement activities in occupied territory..."
  • October 28, 2019. Palestinian Representative at the 8648th meeting of the Security Council

    "All legitimate political and legal tools and measures available, including sanctions and prosecutions in courts, must be pursued to ensure accountability. This must include action pursuant to the call for distinction in Resolution 2334 of the year 2016 and other relevant resolutions, including, inter alia, Resolution 478 of 1980 on Jerusalem and Resolution 465 of 1980 in which the Council clearly called on all states not to provide Israel with any assistance to be used specifically in connection with its settlements in the territories occupied since 1967. We urge states to take concrete steps in this regard, in both multilateral and bilateral frameworks, in conformity with their legal obligations, and affirm support for the two-state solution. We reiterate our call for release of the database on businesses engaged in activities related to the illegal settlements which was mandated by the Human Rights Council and will help states to uphold their obligations."
  • December 18, 2018. Sweden at the 8128th meeting of the Security Council

    "Individually, we as Member States also need to step up our implementation of the Resolution. It calls upon all of us to distinguish in our relevant dealings between the territory of the State of Israel and the territories occupied since 1967. The European Union has clear policies with regard to such differentiation. Settlement products cannot be promoted as Israeli products and all agreements between the State of Israel and the European Union must explicitly indicate inapplicability to the occupied territories. This does not constitute a boycott and is fully in line with Resolution 2334. We encourage other Member States to adopt similar policies."
  • December 8, 2017. Egypt (Amr Abou El Atta, Permament Representative) at the 8128th meeting of the Security Council

    "It's ... of vital importance to recall the latest Security Council resolutions on that matter. Some of them were only one year old. We're referring here to Resolution 2334, which reaffirmed that the Security Council does not recognize any alteration of the 4th of June 1967 lines, including al-Quds al-Sharif, unless it's a result of negotiations between the two parties. Moreover, Resolution 478 called for the withdrawal of all diplomatic missions from Jerusalem since the international community does not recognize it as the capital of Israel. Resolution 2334 requested clearly all countries to differentiate between Israeli territories and the territories occupied in 1967, including Jerusalem."
  • October 18, 2017. Palestinian Representative (Riyad Mansour) at the 8072nd meeting of the Security Council

    "[W]e continue to call for an end to all Israeli settlement activities in occupied Palestine in line with Resolution 2334 and all relevant provisions of the law. Consistent with international consensus and calls in this regard, we are adamant that only an end to the Israeli colonization of our land and reversal of these illegal actions can salvage the two-state solution on the 1967 lines and advance the cause of peace and security...[W]e thus also continue our appeals to all states to back their calls for a complete and immediate end to Israeli settlement campaign, and their commitment to the two-state solution with practical measures, including in regard to distinction as called for in Operative Paragraph 5 of Resolution 2334. Israel is the occupying power and not in any way the sovereign-not in any way the sovereign in the Palestinian territory since 1967, including East Jerusalem, and must be treated as such... [S]ince Israel persists with its flagrant violations, as documented in the three reports by the Secretary-General thus far on the implementation of Resolution 2334, such measures by states and organizations and by the Council itself are essential for ensuring accountability and for saving the small potential left for achieving the two-state solution."

  • October 18, 2017. Sweden (Olof Skoog, Permanent Representative) at the 8072nd meeting of the Security Council

    "We reiterate that settlements constitute a flagrant violation of international law, and are contrary to numerous Security Council resolutions, including 2334... Mr. President, in the context of achieving a two-state solution, we'd like to recall that Security Council Resolutions 2334, "calls upon all states to distinguish in their relevant dealings between the territory of the State of Israel and the territories occupied since 1967." In line with this, the European Union has a policy regarding settlement products. Furthermore, all agreements between the State of Israel and the EU must explicitly indicate the inapplicability to the occupied territories. This policy does not constitute a boycott of Israel. We hope that the UN will be able to report on developments regarding this in the next reporting period, related to the implementation of Resolution 2334."

  • October 18, 2017. Bolivia (Sacha Sergio Llorenty Soliz, Permanent Representative) at the 8072nd meeting of the Security Council

    "Lastly, we would express our expectation that the next quarterly year report of the Secretary-General on the implementation of Resolution 2334 should appear in writing making it possible for us not only to prepare our statements on the basis of this report as well as seeing the progress in its implementation."

  • October 18, 2017. France (François Delattre, Permanent Representative) at the 8072nd meeting of the Security Council

    "We condemn the settlements, which is illegal under international law. It's stated clearly in 2334...Within the European Union, this approach is translated into the clauses which exclude the Israeli settlements from the benefits of the agreements we signed with Israel and through the specific recommendations on indicating the origin of the goods coming from the settlements. Let's be clear here; this distinction is also requested under Resolution 2334 of the Security Council."

  • October 18, 2017. Venezuela (Samuel Moncada, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs) on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement at the 8072nd meeting of the Security Council

    "We call for the intensification of international and regional efforts to support this objective while recalling the responsibilities of the Security Council and General Assembly, including as most recently affirmed in Security Council Resolution 2334 of 2016, which was strongly welcomed and supported by the Movement. We believe that this resolution provides the most viable path... In this regard, Member States of the Movement strongly condemn the recent provocative decisions of Israel, the occupying power, to proceed with its settlement activities in grave breach of international law and direct and deliberate violation of the relevant United Nations resolutions, including Security Council Resolution 2334."

  • October 18, 2017. Iran (Gholamali Khoshroo, Permanent Representative) at the 8072nd meeting of the Security Council

    "Israeli entire history starts with illegal occupation of the Palestinian land and is full of aggression against its neighbors and other countries in the Middle East at least 14 times since 1948. This regime arrogantly and flagrantly continues to violate at least 86 resolutions adopted by this Council, starting from Resolution 54 to the Resolution 2334. These violations happened under the total impunity this regime is enjoying."