New Zealand drafts resolution to ease Jerusalem tension

Draft resolution asks Israelis to end expansion of settlements and urges Palestinians to avoid referring cases to International Criminal Court

New Zealand drafts resolution to ease Jerusalem tension

World Bulletin / News Desk

New Zealand has drafted a UN Security Council resolution calling on Israelis to end its expansion of settlements and urging Palestinians to refrain from referring cases to the International Criminal Court.

According to a copy of the two-page text, the draft urged both sides to avoid "provocative acts, including acts which threaten the historic status quo of holy sites in Jerusalem, including the Haram al-Sharif".

It asked Israel to stop its “continued expansion of settlements and demolition of Palestinian homes in the occupied territories”.

The move by the non-permanent council member, New Zealand, comes following a month of intense violence that flared last month when Israeli authorities launched a crackdown on Palestinians at Al-Aqsa Mosque complex, which is Islam’s third-holiest site, while strengthening extremist Jewish settlers' rights at the site.

The draft resolution also called on Palestinians to refrain from "referring a situation concerning Israel or the occupied Palestinian territories to the International Criminal Court”.

The state of Palestine became a party to the Hague-based court earlier this year in a move that could give the court a mandate dating back to June 13, 2014, to investigate and prosecute alleged war crimes committed on Palestinian territory.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 30 Ekim 2015, 09:51