Arab Parliament to block Israeli bid for UNSC seat

Arab Parliament to block Israeli bid for UNSC seat”

Apparently caving in to pressure from Israel, the National Basketball Association updated its website after listing Palestine as "occupied territory". The U.N. member known as the "State of Palestine" refers to a different area of territory, that of East Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, territories the internationall recognised leadership of the Palestinians seeks for a future state.

In a letter Thursday to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, Miri Regev called Palestine "an imaginary state" and said the listing was not in line with President Donald Trump's recent recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

The NBA's site originally listed "occupied Palestine territories" and at time of writing had deleted the word "occupied" at the instance of two Israeli ministers, one of whom suggested they were in fact part of Israel.

Earlier this month, Trump formally recognized the contested city as the capital of Israel in a speech at the White House as well as plans to relocate the USA embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem despite widespread global opposition. The global community does not recognize Israel's control of the territory as legal under worldwide law, stating that the city's status must be decided through negotiations.

The Guardian pointed out that the position differed from mainstream worldwide views and of the United Nations, which refers to the West Bank and Gaza as "occupied".

The league said that it was not responsible for the wording of the listing, blaming a third party.

She said the body's position contrasted with that of the USA administration and President Donald Trump, who this month recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

East Jerusalem, which Palestinians are seeking to make the capital of their state, has been under illegal Israeli occupation since 1967.

Regev thanked Silver on Friday for removing the words. That decision came a day after a group of religious Zionist rabbis met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and asked him advance Israel's settlement project in the occupied territories.

Israel is the only country in the Middle East that has never obtained a non-permanent Security Council seat. The Israeli sports minister earlier slammed the league for contradicting Washington's official position.

Hotovely was referring to a reported claim in the Israeli media - sharply disputed by the U.S. state department - that Friedman had called for the dropping of the term "occupied".

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