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Members of the Palestinian delegation leave the General Assembly hall after a vote on the floor of the United Nations General Assembly in which the United States declaration of Jerusalem as Israel's capital was declared "null and void" on December 21, 2017 in New York City. The vote, 128-9, at the United Nations concerned Washington's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and relocate its embassy there. The Trump administration has threatened to take action against any country that votes against the United States decision to move its embassy. AFP pic
Members of the Palestinian delegation leave the General Assembly hall after a vote on the floor of the United Nations General Assembly in which the United States declaration of Jerusalem as Israel's capital was declared "null and void" on December 21, 2017 in New York City. The vote, 128-9, at the United Nations concerned Washington's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and relocate its embassy there. The Trump administration has threatened to take action against any country that votes against the United States decision to move its embassy. AFP pic

RAMALLAH: Palestinians on Thursday hailed the United Nations General Assembly resolution which denounced US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, China’s Xinhua news agency reported.

Nabil Abu Rdineh, the spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, said in a statement that the resolution expresses the international community’s support for the Palestinians’ rights.

“The threats of Trump to the UN members didn’t prevent them from voting in favour of the resolution,” said Abu Rdineh.

Trump had threatened to cut off financial aid to countries that voted in favour of the resolution.

The resolution reiterated that the Palestinian cause is just and has gained overwhelming international support, the spokesman said.

“Trump’s declaration will never change the reality that Jerusalem is an occupied territory and international law is applicable to it,” he stressed.

Earlier on Thursday, a resolution calling on Washington to drop its recent recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital was approved in an emergency special session of the 193-member UN General Assembly, with 128 votes in favour, nine against and 35 abstentions.

The resolution reaffirmed the United Nations’ constant stand on the divided holy city since 1967. That is, Jerusalem’s final status must be decided in direct negotiations between Israel and Palestine.

The voting is “in the right direction and a victory of the Palestinians’ legitimate rights,” the Islamic Hamas movement said in an emailed press statement. — BERNAMA

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