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Palestinian refugees have the right to return to their homes in Israel

Resolves that the refugees wishing to return to their homes and live at peace with their neighbours should be permitted to do so at the earliest practicable date, and that compensation should be paid for the property of those choosing not to return and for loss of or damage to property which, under principles of international law or in equity, should be made good by the Governments or authorities responsible.

General Assembly Resolution 194, Dec. 11, 1948

Israel’s occupation of Palestine is illegal

Calls for the withdrawal of Israeli forces from territories occupied in the war that year and “the acknowledgement of the sovereignty, territorial integrity and political independence of every state in the area and their right to live in peace within secure and recognized boundaries free from threats or acts of force”.

Security Council Resolution 242, Nov. 22, 1967

Israel’s settlements in Palestine are illegal

Determines that the policy and practices of Israel in establishing settlements in the Palestinian and other Arab territories occupied since 1967 have no legal validity and constitute a serious obstruction to achieving a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East.

Security Council Resolution 446, March 22, 1979

Palestinians have the right to self-determination

Affirms “the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people in Palestine…to self-determination without external interference” and “to national independence and sovereignty.”

General Assembly Resolution 3236, November 22, 1974

Reaffirmation of a Palestinian state

Affirms “a vision of a region where two states, Israel and Palestine, live side by side within secure and recognized borders.”

Security Council Resolution 1397, March 12, 2002

Acknowledgement of the advisory opinion of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on the legal consequences of the construction of the wall

Responding to the ICJ advisory opinion 9 July 2004, the UN “demands that Israel, the occupying Power, comply with its legal obligations as mentioned in the advisory opinion” and “calls upon all States Members of the United Nations to comply with their legal obligations as mentioned in the advisory opinion”.

General Assembly Resolution ES-10/14 , August 2, 2004

UN General Assembly votes overwhelmingly for non-member observer state status

Voting by an overwhelming majority — 138 in favour to 9 against (Canada, Czech Republic, Israel, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States of), Nauru, Panama, Palau, United States), with 41 abstentions — the General Assembly accorded Palestine non-member observer state status in the United Nations on 29th November 2012.

Israel called on to accede to the Non-Proliferation Treaty

UN General Assembly voted to call on Israel to accede to the Non-Proliferation Treaty without further delay by a recorded vote of 174 in favour to 6 against (Canada, Federated States of Micronesia, Israel, Marshall Islands, Palau, United States) with 6 abstentions (Australia, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, India, Panama).

December 2012