U.N. declares 2014 year of ‘solidarity’ with the Palestinians

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The United Nations General Assembly has declared 2014 the “International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.”

The draft resolution was adopted Tuesday by a vote of 110-7, with 56 member states abstaining.

The resolution also welcomed the resumption of U.S.-brokered Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations and called on the Palestinians and Israel to take all necessary steps to ensure the success of the current round of peace talks.  It also called for an end to Israeli settlement activity in the West Bank, including eastern Jerusalem.

Another resolution approved on Tuesday called on Israel to hand the Golan Heights over to Syria, despite the fact that the country is in the midst of a civil war and that more than 100,000 of its own citizens have reportedly been murdered by the military.