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U.N. Will Hold Rare Emergency Session On Trump’s Jerusalem Recognition

NEW YORK (JTA) — The United Nations General Assembly will hold an emergency session on President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, according to a Palestinian official.

The main representative organ of the U.N., which includes all 193 of the international body’s members, is holding a rare emergency meeting on Thursday where they will vote on a resolution urging Trump to rescind his recognition of Jerusalem, Palestinian U.N. ambassador Riyad Mansour told Reuters.

Since 1950, the General Assembly has only held 10 emergency sessions, according to Reuters.

The meeting, which was requested by Arab and Muslim countries, represents the continuation of a 2009 emergency session to discuss East Jerusalem and Palestinian territories, Reuters reported.

On Monday, the United States vetoed a similar resolution at the U.N. Security Council, supported by all other 14 members; however, the U.S. does not have veto ability at the General Assembly.

Trump reversed decades of U.S. policy earlier this month when he recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and began the process of moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv. The Palestinians and Arab and Muslim countries expressed outrage, and much of the world came out against the move.


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