World tells Donald Trump “we will not be bullied” over Jerusalem

In a moment resembling a scene from the Christmas classic Love Actually the World last night sent a strong message to US President Donald Trump that “we will not be bullied”.

More than 120 countries defied Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, voting it as “null and void”.

The move comes after the US President said he would cut financial aid to countries voting against this.

Speaking before the vote, Trump told reporters at the White House: “They take hundreds of millions of dollars and even billions of dollars, and then they vote against us.

“Well, we’re watching those votes. Let them vote against us. We’ll save a lot. We don’t care.”

But many countries, including the UK, refused to be bullied over an issue that has already caused division in the Middle East and threatened to spark more conflict in the embattled region.

The 193-member UN General Assembly held a rare emergency special session – at the request of Arab and Muslim countries – in which 128 countries voted in favour of a resolution rejecting US President Donald Trump’s controversial decision on December 6.

Nine countries voted against, while 35 abstained.

Here’s to our “kick-ass” UN.

Member states that voted in favour of the resolution

A: Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan

B: Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi

C: Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Chad, Chile, China, Comoros, Congo, Costa Rica, Cote d’Ivoire, Cuba, Cyprus, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea), Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica

E: Ecuador, Egypt, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia

F: Finland, France

G: Gabon, Gambia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guinea, Guyana

I: Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Italy

J: Japan, Jordan

K: Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan

L: Laos, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg

M:Madagascar, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique

N: Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway

O: Oman

P: Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Portugal

Q: Qatar

R: Republic of Korea (South Korea), Russia

S: Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Somalia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria

T: Tajikistan, Thailand, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Tunisia, Turkey

U: United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay, Uzbekistan

V: Venezuela, Vietnam

Y: Yemen

Z: Zimbabwe

Member states that voted against the resolution

G: Guatemala

H: Honduras

I: Israel

M: Marshall Islands, Micronesia

N: Nauru

P: Palau

T: Togo

U: United States

Member states that abstained

A: Antigua-Barbuda, Argentina, Australia

B: Bahamas, Benin, Bhutan, Bosnia-Herzegovina

C: Cameroon, Canada, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic

D: Dominican Republic

E: Equatorial Guinea

F: Fiji

H: Haiti, Hungary

J: Jamaica

K: Kiribati

L: Latvia, Lesotho

M:  Malawi, Mexico

P: Panama, Paraguay, Philippines, Poland

R: Romania, Rwanda

S: Solomon Islands, South Sudan

T: Trinidad-Tobago, Tuvalu

U: Uganda

V: Vanuatu

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2 Responses

  1. Sean Brunk

    I’m an American independent voter who strongly dislikes Trump. I disagree with almost everything he does, including his handling of this vote threatening to cut funding from nations voting a particular way. It’s a typical scumbag Trump move and thing to say. BUT, and you knew a but had to be coming, I don’t find this issue to be so black and white. I ultimately agree with the Canadian stance on this issue. Whatever leads to peace in the middle east is the most important. HOWEVER, I think that the U.N. has been ignoring human rights violations committed by the Palestinians for too long while putting a large microscope on Israel, yet the Israeli nation isn’t the one committing human rights violations and terrorism. Yet they are somehow bullied by these large unstable nations who threaten peace the most, such as North Korea.

    The truth is something needs to be done if peace is going to be achieved. And dealing with these “problem nations” and “heated conflicts” is an inevitability. If peace is truly the goal, then we have to start convincing aggressive nations to stop being aggressive. Not imply that the land someone else lives on belongs to them. It’s time to make deals and stop stalling. I will say that I do not trust Trump in the slightest and I have no idea why he thought it would be a good idea to make this a huge issue. I would hope that the U.N. would start put the same scrutiny on Palestine as Israel. Who would deny that all people deserve equal rights? And that suffering and poverty and war is bad?

    So stop believing and start looking at what’s true outside of political lines. Governments and corporations are corrupt. In our information age, information has become a weapon. Especially in my country, but people in power make bad decisions in all nations, in all parties. Sometimes they do it for selfish reasons, sometimes they are genuinely well meaning.

    But in the end it does not matter as much. Because America saying that Jerusalem is the capital is just a symbol, and the U.N. voting to abolish that symbol is still just a symbol. The people in the region will go in believing the land belongs to them, until they themselves decide to stop fighting for it.

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