(March 29, 2019 / JNS) The Free Democratic Party has challenged the federal government to reverse anti-Israel German voting patterns at the United Nations. The March 14 motion was introduced to the plenary by Parliament members Bijan Djir-Sarai and Frank Müller-Rosentritt, and called on the federal government in U.N. bodies “to dissociate from unilateral, primarily politically motivated initiatives and alliances of anti-Israeli Member States, and protect Israel and legitimate Israeli interests from unilateral condemnation.”
In 2018 alone, Germany voted 16 times for anti-Israel resolutions in the United Nations out of 21 while abstaining from four. These resolutions included condemning Israel’s treatment of Palestinians and calling on Israel to return the Golan Heights to Syria. In December 2017, Germany voted for a U.N. resolution rejecting America’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
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