Sunday’s truck-ramming attack in Jerusalem, in which four IDF soldiers were killed and 16 wounded, was condemned Sunday night by the United Nations Security Council.
“The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the terrorist attack in Jerusalem on 8 January 2017,” the statement read, according to Jewish Telegraphic Agency. The statement also acknowledged that “terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security.”
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In the view of the UNSC, all terrorism is “criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation.” The organization stressed the need for “all states” to oppose terrorism “in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations and other obligations under international law, including international human rights law, international refugee law, and international humanitarian law, threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts.”
The statement, which was tweeted by Sweden’s mission to the United Nations, received a mixed response, with some tweeting that the attack did not count as terrorism, since it was directed against soldiers and not civilians.
“This isn’t terrorism,” one user, John Doe, opined. “It’s a justified affirmative defense of their home, historic
“What historic palestine?” user Hillary Nissenbaum shot back. “Go read some history you ignoramus. Or do you read?”
The UNSC’s statement may be an effort to walk back the firestorm of controversy it ignited in December with the passage of Resolution 2334, condemning Israeli settlement activity as illegal. The resolution, which fourteen member countries supported, garnered further attention when the United States refused to veto it.