Canada Backs UN Resolution on Palestinian Self-Determination

Canada voted in favor of a United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) resolution supporting the Palestinian right to self-determination yesterday, in a defeat for pro-Israel groups.

The General Assembly adopted the resolution by 167 votes to five, with 11 abstentions, with only Israel, the United States, in addition to US-dependent Pacific island states Marshall Islands, Micronesia, and Nauru, voting against the text.

The resolution reaffirms the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination, including to their independent State of Palestine, urging states and UN agencies to continue to support and assist Palestinians in the early realization of their right to self-determination, stated the UN press release.

In Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s administration had been under pressure from Israel and pro-Israel advocacy groups to vote no, and those same groups reacted with outrage when Ottawa joined 166 other governments in affirming the Palestinian right to self-determination.

Source: Palestine Chronicle