Benin, Guyana, Pakistan, Panama and United Republic of Tanzania: draft resolution
24 March 1976
The Security Council,
Having considered recent development in the occupied Arab territories,
Deeply concerned at the serious situation which has arisen in these territories as a result of continued Israeli occupation,
Deeply concerned further at the measures taken by the Israeli authorities leading to the present grave situation including measures aimed at changing the physical, cultural, demographic and religious character of the occupied territories and, in particular, the City of Jerusalem, the establishment of Israeli settlements in the occupied territories and other violations of the human rights of the inhabitants of those territories.
Emphasizing the inadmissibility of the acquisition of territory by war,
Recalling and reaffirming the resolutions of the General Assembly and the Security Council calling upon Israel to rescind all measures already taken and to desist from taking any further action which would alter the status of the City of Jerusalem and the character of the occupied Arab territories,
Noting that, notwithstanding the aforementioned resolutions, Israel persists in its policy aimed at changing the physical, cultural, demographic and religious character of the city of Jerusalem in particular,
Reaffirming the urgent need for establishing a just and lasting peace in the Middle East,
1. Deplores Israel’s failure to put a stop to action and policies tending to change the status of the City of Jerusalem and to rescind measures already taken to that effect;
2. Calls on Israel, pending the speedy termination of its occupation, to refrain from all measures against the Arab inhabitants of the occupied territories;
3. Calls on Israel to respect and uphold the inviolability of the Holy Places which are under its occupation and to desist from the expropriation of or encroachment upon Arab lands and property or the establishment of Israeli settlements thereon in the occupied Arab territories and to desist from all other actions and policies designed to change the legal status of the City of Jerusalem and to rescind measures already taken to that effect;
4. Decides to keep the situation under constant attention with a view to meeting again should circumstances so require.
The Security Council on 25 March 1976 voted on the draft resolution as follows:
In favour: Benin, China, France, Guyana, Italy, Japan, Libyan Arab Republic, Pakistan, Panama, Romania, Sweden, Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, United Kingdom of Great Brtiain and Northern Ireland, United republic of Tanzania.
Against: United States of America.