How Can U.S. Lead If It Won’t Listen on Jerusalem?

December 26, 2017

I write this letter unsurprised but nonetheless pained by the United States’ decision to exercise its 32nd United Nations veto on issues pertaining to Israel’s violations of international law. The 32 vetoes total more than all the vetoes exercised by the four other permanent Security Council members combined in the UN’s history. In this instance, the U.S. vetoed a resolution affirming the international community’s stance that Jerusalem is an international city too steep in religious and cultural diversity to belong to any single state.

The world is calling on the U.S. to take a moral stance against injustice. Israel’s continued occupation of Palestine, as recognized by the rest of the world for over 50 years, is against international law and sustained primarily by U.S. unilateral international support and, of course, the $10 million of military aid we provide Israel every single day.

To be a true leader, first, you must listen. If the United States is to ever regain the faith of the international community, we must listen to our peers. We must obey international law. We must acknowledge injustice, like 50 years of military occupation, and we must do so now.

Brenton Stoddart