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UN General Assembly Resolution 181

Maandag, Oktober 18, 2010 / Last Modified: Zaterdag, Januari 7, 2012

November 29, 1947

 

United Nations General Assembly Resolution 181 called for the
partition of the British-ruled Palestine Mandate into a Jewish state and an
Arab state. It was approved on November 29, 1947 with 33 votes in favor, 13
against, 10 abstentions and one absent (see list at end of document).
The resolution was accepted by the Jews in Palestine, yet rejected by the Arabs
in Palestine and the Arab states.

 


Text:

The General Assembly,
Having met in special session at the request of the mandatory
Power to constitute and instruct a Special Committee to prepare for the
consideration of the question of the future Government of Palestine at the
second regular session;
Having constituted a Special Committee and instructed it to
investigate all questions and issues relevant to the problem of Palestine, and
to prepare proposals for the solution of the problem, and
Having received and examined the report of the Special
Committee (document A/364)(1) including a number of unanimous recommendations
and a plan of partition with economic union approved by the majority of the
Special Committee,
Considers that the present situation in Palestine is one
which is likely to impair the general welfare and friendly relations among
nations;
Takes note of the declaration by the mandatory Power that it
plans to complete its evacuation of Palestine by l August 1948;
Recommends to the United Kingdom, as the mandatory Power for
Palestine, and to all other Members of the United Nations the adoption and
implementation, with regard to the future Government of Palestine, of the Plan
of Partition with Economic Union set out below;
Requests that

  • The Security Council take the necessary measures as provided
    for in the plan for its implementation;
  • The Security Council consider, if circumstances during the transitional
    period require such consideration, whether the situation in Palestine
    constitutes a threat to the peace. If it decides that such a threat exists, and
    in order to maintain international peace and security, the Security Council
    should supplement the authorization of the General Assembly by taking measures,
    under Articles 39 and 41 of the Charter, to empower the United Nations
    Commission, as provided in this resolution, to exercise in Palestine the
    functions which are assigned to it by this resolution;
  • The Security Council determine as a threat to the peace, breach of the
    peace or act of aggression, in accordance with Article 39 of the Charter, any
    attempt to alter by force the settlement envisaged by this resolution;
  • The Trusteeship Council be informed of the responsibilities envisaged for
    it in this plan;
    Calls upon the inhabitants of Palestine to take such steps as
    may be necessary on their part to put this plan into effect;
    Appeals to all Governments and all peoples to refrain from
    taking any action which might hamper or delay the carrying out of these
    recommendations, and
    Authorizes the Secretary-General to reimburse travel and
    subsistence expenses of the members of the Commission referred to in Part 1,
    Section B, Paragraph I below, on such basis and in such form as he may
    determine most appropriate in the circumstances, and to provide the Commission
    with the necessary staff to assist in carrying out the functions assigned to
    the Commission by the General Assembly.*
    The General Assembly,
    Authorizes the Secretary-General to draw from the Working
    Capital Fund a sum not to exceed 2,000,000 dollars for the purposes set forth
    in the last paragraph of the resolution on the future government of
    Palestine.

    PLAN OF PARTITION WITH ECONOMIC UNION

    Part I. – Future Constitution and Government of Palestine

    A. TERMINATION OF MANDATE, PARTITION AND INDEPENDENCE

    1. The Mandate for Palestine shall terminate as soon as possible but in
      any case not later than 1 August 1948.
    2. The armed forces of the mandatory Power shall be progressively withdrawn
      from Palestine, the withdrawal to be completed as soon as possible but in any
      case not later than 1 August 1948.The mandatory Power shall advise the Commission, as far in advance as possible,
      of its intention to terminate the mandate and to evacuate each area. The
      mandatory Power shall use its best endeavours to ensure that an area situated
      in the territory of the Jewish State, including a seaport and hinterland
      adequate to provide facilities for a substantial immigration, shall be
      evacuated at the earliest possible date and in any event not later than 1
      February 1948.
    3. Independent Arab and Jewish States and the Special International Regime for
      the City of Jerusalem, set forth in Part III of this Plan, shall come into
      existence in Palestine two months after the evacuation of the armed forces of
      the mandatory Power has been completed but in any case not later than 1 October
      1948. The boundaries of the Arab State, the Jewish State, and the City of
      Jerusalem shall be as described in Parts II and III below.
    4. The period between the adoption by the General Assembly of its
      recommendation on the question of Palestine and the establishment of the
      independence of the Arab and Jewish States shall be a transitional
      period.

    B. STEPS PREPARATORY TO INDEPENDENCE

    1. A Commission shall be set up consisting of one representative of each
      of five Member States. The Members represented on the Commission shall be
      elected by the General Assembly on as broad a basis, geographically and
      otherwise, as possible.
    2. The administration of Palestine shall, as the mandatory Power withdraws its
      armed forces, be progressively turned over to the Commission, which shall act
      in conformity with the recommendations of the General Assembly, under the
      guidance of the Security Council. The mandatory Power shall to the fullest
      possible extent coordinate its plans for withdrawal with the plans of the
      Commission to take over and administer areas which have been evacuated.In the discharge of this administrative responsibility the Commission shall
      have authority to issue necessary regulations and take other measures as
      required.The mandatory Power shall not take any action to prevent, obstruct or delay the
      implementation by the Commission of the measures recommended by the General
      Assembly.
    3. On its arrival in Palestine the Commission shall proceed to carry out
      measures for the establishment of the frontiers of the Arab and Jewish States
      and the City of Jerusalem in accordance with the general lines of the
      recommendations of the General Assembly on the partition of Palestine.
      Nevertheless, the boundaries as described in Part II of this Plan are to be
      modified in such a way that village areas as a rule will not be divided by
      state boundaries unless pressing reasons make that necessary.
    4. The Commission, after consultation with the democratic parties and other
      public organizations of the Arab and Jewish States, shall select and establish
      in each State as rapidly as possible a Provisional Council of Government. The
      activities of both the Arab and Jewish Provisional Councils of Government shall
      be carried out under the general direction of the Commission.If by 1 April 1948 a Provisional Council of Government cannot be selected for
      either of the States, or, if selected, cannot carry out its functions, the
      Commission shall communicate that fact to the Security Council for such action
      with respect to that State as the Security Council may deem proper, and to the
      Secretary-General for communication to the Members of the United Nations.
    5. Subject to the provisions of these recommendations, during the transitional
      period the Provisional Councils of Government, acting under the Commission,
      shall have full authority in the areas under their control including authority
      over matters of immigration and land regulation.
    6. The Provisional Council of Government of each State, acting under the
      Commission, shall progressively receive from the Commission full responsibility
      for the administration of that State in the period between the termination of
      the Mandate and the establishment of the State’s independence.
    7. The Commission shall instruct the Provisional Councils of Government of
      both the Arab and Jewish States, after their formation, to proceed to the
      establishment of administrative organs of government, central and local.
    8. The Provisional Council of Government of each State shall, within the
      shortest time possible, recruit an armed militia from the residents of that
      State, sufficient in number to maintain internal order and to prevent frontier
      clashes.This armed militia in each State shall, for operational purposes, be under the
      command of Jewish or Arab officers resident in that State, but general
      political and military control, including the choice of the militia’s High
      Command, shall be exercised by the Commission.
    9. The Provisional Council of Government of each State shall, not later than
      two months after the withdrawal of the armed forces of the mandatory Power,
      hold elections to the Constituent Assembly which shall be conducted on
      democratic lines.The election regulations in each State shall be drawn up by the Provisional
      Council of Government and approved by the Commission. Qualified voters for each
      State for this election shall be persons over eighteen years of age who are (a)
      Palestinian citizens residing in that State; and (b) Arabs and Jews residing in
      the State, although not Palestinian citizens, who, before voting, have signed a
      notice of intention to become citizens of such State.Arabs and Jews residing in the City of Jerusalem who have signed a notice of
      intention to become citizens, the Arabs of the Arab State and the Jews of the
      Jewish State, shall be entitled to vote in the Arab and Jewish States
      respectively.

      Women may vote and be elected to the Constituent Assemblies.

      During the transitional period no Jew shall be permitted to establish residence
      in the area of the proposed Arab State, and no Arab shall be permitted to
      establish residence in the area of the proposed Jewish State, except by special
      leave of the Commission.

    10. The Constituent Assembly of each State shall draft a democratic
      constitution for its State and choose a provisional government to succeed the
      Provisional Council of Government appointed by the Commission. The
      Constitutions of the States shall embody Chapters 1 and 2 of the Declaration
      provided for in section C below and include, inter alia, provisions for:

      1. Establishing in each State a legislative body elected by
        universal suffrage and by secret ballot on the basis of proportional
        representation, and an executive body responsible to the legislature;
      2. Settling all international disputes in which the State may be involved by
        peaceful means in such a manner that international peace and security, and
        justice, are not endangered;
      3. Accepting the obligation of the State to refrain in its international
        relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or
        political independence of any State, or in any other manner inconsistent with
        the purpose of the United Nations;
      4. Guaranteeing to all persons equal and non-discriminatory rights in civil,
        political, economic and religious matters and the enjoyment of human rights and
        fundamental freedoms, including freedom of religion, language, speech and
        publication, education, assembly and association;
      5. Preserving freedom of transit and visit for all residents and citizens of
        the other State in Palestine and the City of Jerusalem, subject to
        considerations of national security, provided that each State shall control
        residence within its borders.
    11. The Commission shall appoint a preparatory economic commission of three
      members to make whatever arrangements are possible for economic co-operation,
      with a view to establishing, as soon as practicable, the Economic Union and the
      Joint Economic Board, as provided in section D below.
    12. During the period between the adoption of the recommendations on the
      question of Palestine by the General Assembly and the termination of the
      Mandate, the mandatory Power in Palestine shall maintain full responsibility
      for administration in areas from which it has not withdrawn its armed forces.
      The Commission shall assist the mandatory Power in the carrying out of these
      functions. Similarly the mandatory Power shall co-operate with the Commission
      in the execution of its functions.
    13. With a view to ensuring that there shall be continuity in the functioning
      of administrative services and that, on the withdrawal of the armed forces of
      the mandatory Power, the whole administration shall be in the charge of the
      Provisional Councils and the Joint Economic Board, respectively, acting under
      the Commission, there shall be a progressive transfer, from the mandatory Power
      to the Commission, of responsibility for all the functions of government,
      including that of maintaining law and order in the areas from which the forces
      of the mandatory Power have been withdrawn.
    14. The Commission shall be guided in its activities by the recommendations of
      the General Assembly and by such instructions as the Security Council may
      consider necessary to issue.The measures taken by the Commission, within the recommendations of the General
      Assembly, shall become immediately effective unless the Commission has
      previously received contrary instructions from the Security Council.The Commission shall render periodic monthly progress reports, or more
      frequently if desirable, to the Security Council.
    15. The Commission shall make its final report to the next regular session of
      the General Assembly and to the Security Council simultaneously.

    C. DECLARATION

    A declaration shall be made to the United Nations by the Provisional Government
    of each proposed State before independence. It shall contain, inter alia, the
    following clauses:

    General Provision

    The stipulations contained in the Declaration are recognized as fundamental
    laws of the State and no law, regulation or official action shall conflict or
    interfere with these stipulations, nor shall any law, regulation or official
    action prevail over them.

    Chapter I: Holy Places, Religious Buildings and Sites

    1. Existing rights in respect of Holy Places and religious buildings or
      sites shall not be denied or impaired.
    2. In so far as Holy Places are concerned, the liberty of access, visit, and
      transit shall be guaranteed, in conformity with existing rights, to all
      residents and citizen of the other State and of the City of Jerusalem, as well
      as to aliens, without distinction as to nationality, subject to requirements of
      national security, public order and decorum.Similarly, freedom of worship shall be guaranteed in conformity with existing
      rights, subject to the maintenance of public order and decorum.
    3. Holy Places and religious buildings or sites shall be preserved. No act
      shall be permitted which may in an way impair their sacred character. If at any
      time it appears to the Government that any particular Holy Place, religious,
      building or site is in need of urgent repair, the Government may call upon the
      community or communities concerned to carry out such repair. The Government may
      carry it out itself at the expense of the community or community concerned if
      no action is taken within a reasonable time.
    4. No taxation shall be levied in respect of any Holy Place, religious
      building or site which was exempt from taxation on the date of the creation of
      the State.No change in the incidence of such taxation shall be made which would either
      discriminate between the owners or occupiers of Holy Places, religious
      buildings or sites, or would place such owners or occupiers in a position less
      favourable in relation to the general incidence of taxation than existed at the
      time of the adoption of the Assembly’s recommendations.
    5. The Governor of the City of Jerusalem shall have the right to determine
      whether the provisions of the Constitution of the State in relation to Holy
      Places, religious buildings and sites within the borders of the State and the
      religious rights appertaining thereto, are being properly applied and
      respected, and to make decisions on the basis of existing rights in cases of
      disputes which may arise between the different religious communities or the
      rites of a religious community with respect to such places, buildings and
      sites. He shall receive full co-operation and such privileges and immunities as
      are necessary for the exercise of his functions in the State.

    Chapter 2: Religious and Minority Rights

    1. Freedom of conscience and the free exercise of all forms of worship,
      subject only to the maintenance of public order and morals, shall be ensured to
      all.
    2. No discrimination of any kind shall be made between the inhabitants on the
      ground of race, religion, language or sex.
    3. All persons within the jurisdiction of the State shall be entitled to equal
      protection of the laws.
    4. The family law and personal status of the various minorities and their
      religious interests, including endowments, shall be respected.
    5. Except as may be required for the maintenance of public order and good
      government, no measure shall be taken to obstruct or interfere with the
      enterprise of religious or charitable bodies of all faiths or to discriminate
      against any representative or member of these bodies on the ground of his
      religion or nationality.
    6. The State shall ensure adequate primary and secondary education for the
      Arab and Jewish minority, respectively, in its own language and its cultural
      traditions.The right of each community to maintain its own schools for the education of
      its own members in its own language, while conforming to such educational
      requirements of a general nature as the State may impose, shall not be denied
      or impaired. Foreign educational establishments shall continue their activity
      on the basis of their existing rights.
    7. No restriction shall be imposed on the free use by any citizen of the State
      of any language in private intercourse, in commerce, in religion, in the Press
      or in publications of any kind, or at public meetings.(3)
    8. No expropriation of land owned by an Arab in the Jewish State (by a Jew in
      the Arab State)(4) shall be allowed except for public purposes. In all cases of
      expropriation full compensation as fixed by the Supreme Court shall be said
      previous to dispossession.

    Chapter 3: Citizenship, International Conventions and Financial
    Obligations

    1. Citizenship
    Palestinian citizens residing in Palestine outside the City of Jerusalem, as
    well as Arabs and Jews who, not holding Palestinian citizenship, reside in
    Palestine outside the City of Jerusalem shall, upon the recognition of
    independence, become citizens of the State in which they are resident and enjoy
    full civil and political rights. Persons over the age of eighteen years may
    opt, within one year from the date of recognition of independence of the State
    in which they reside, for citizenship of the other State, providing that no
    Arab residing in the area of the proposed Arab State shall have the right to
    opt for citizenship in the proposed Jewish State and no Jew residing in the
    proposed Jewish State shall have the right to opt for citizenship in the
    proposed Arab State. The exercise of this right of option will be taken to
    include the wives and children under eighteen years of age of persons so
    opting.
    Arabs residing in the area of the proposed Jewish State and Jews residing in
    the area of the proposed Arab State who have signed a notice of intention to
    opt for citizenship of the other State shall be eligible to vote in the
    elections to the Constituent Assembly of that State, but not in the elections
    to the Constituent Assembly of the State in which they reside.
    2. International conventions

    1. The State shall be bound by all the international agreements and
      conventions, both general and special, to which Palestine has become a party.
      Subject to any right of denunciation provided for therein, such agreements and
      conventions shall be respected by the State throughout the period for which
      they were concluded.
    2. Any dispute about the applicability and continued validity of international
      conventions or treaties signed or adhered to by the mandatory Power on behalf
      of Palestine shall be referred to the International Court of Justice in
      accordance with the provisions of the Statute of the Court.

    3. Financial obligations

    1. The State shall respect and fulfil all financial obligations of
      whatever nature assumed on behalf of Palestine by the mandatory Power during
      the exercise of the Mandate and recognized by the State. This provision
      includes the right of public servants to pensions, compensation or
      gratuities.
    2. These obligations shall be fulfilled through participation in the Joint
      Economic Board in respect of those obligations applicable to Palestine as a
      whole, and individually in respect of those applicable to, and fairly
      apportionable between, the States.
    3. A Court of Claims, affiliated with the Joint Economic Board, and composed
      of one member appointed by the United Nations, one representative of the United
      Kingdom and one representative of the State concerned, should be established.
      Any dispute between the United Kingdom and the State respecting claims not
      recognized by the latter should be referred to that Court.
    4. Commercial concessions granted in respect of any part of Palestine prior to
      the adoption of the resolution by the General Assembly shall continue to be
      valid according to their terms, unless modified by agreement between the
      concession-holders and the State.

    Chapter 4: Miscellaneous Provisions

    1. The provisions of chapters 1 and 2 of the declaration shall be under
      the guarantee of the United Nations, and no modifications shall be made in them
      without the assent of the General Assembly of the United Nations. Any Member of
      the United Nations shall have the right to bring to the attention of the
      General Assembly any infraction or danger of infraction of any of these
      stipulations, and the General Assembly may thereupon make such recommendations
      as it may deem proper in the circumstances.
    2. Any dispute relating to the application or interpretation of this
      declaration shall be referred, at the request of either party, to the
      International Court of Justice, unless the parties agree to another mode of
      settlement.

    D. ECONOMIC UNION AND TRANSIT

    1. The Provisional Council of Government of each State shall enter into an
      undertaking with respect to Economic Union and Transit. This undertaking shall
      be drafted by the Commission provided for in section B, paragraph 1, utilizing
      to the greatest possible extent the advice and cooperation of representative
      organizations and bodies from each of the proposed States. It shall contain
      provisions to establish the Economic Union of Palestine and provide for other
      matters of common interest. If by 1 April 1948 the Provisional Councils of
      Government have not entered into the undertaking, the undertaking shall be put
      into force by the Commission.
      The Economic Union of Palestine
    2. The objectives of the Economic Union of Palestine shall be:
      1. A customs union;
      2. A joint currency system providing for a single foreign exchange rate;
      3. Operation in the common interest on a non-discriminatory basis of railways
        inter-State highways; postal, telephone and telegraphic services and ports and
        airports involved in international trade and commerce;
      4. Joint economic development, especially in respect of irrigation, land
        reclamation and soil conservation;
      5. Access for both States and for the City of Jerusalem on a
        non-discriminatory basis to water and power facilities.
    3. There shall be established a Joint Economic Board, which shall consist of
      three representatives of each of the two States and three foreign members
      appointed by the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. The foreign
      members shall be appointed in the first instance for a term of three years;
      they shall serve as individuals and not as representatives of States.
    4. The functions of the Joint Economic Board shall be to implement either
      directly or by delegation the measures necessary to realize the objectives of
      the Economic Union. It shall have all powers of organization and administration
      necessary to fulfil its functions.
    5. The States shall bind themselves to put into effect the decisions of the
      Joint Economic Board. The Board’s decisions shall be taken by a majority vote.
    6. In the event of failure of a State to take the necessary action the Board
      may, by a vote of six members, decide to withhold an appropriate portion of the
      part of the customs revenue to which the State in question is entitled under
      the Economic Union. Should the State persist in its failure to cooperate, the
      Board may decide by a simple majority vote upon such further sanctions,
      including disposition of funds which it has withheld, as it may deem
      appropriate.
    7. In relation to economic development, the functions of the Board shall be
      planning, investigation and encouragement of joint development projects, but it
      shall not undertake such projects except with the assent of both States and the
      City of Jerusalem, in the event that Jerusalem is directly involved in the
      development project.
    8. In regard to the joint currency system, the currencies circulating in the
      two States and the City of Jerusalem shall be issued under the authority of the
      Joint Economic Board, which shall be the sole issuing authority and which shall
      determine the reserves to be held against such currencies.
    9. So far as is consistent with paragraph 2(b) above, each State may operate
      its own central bank, control its own fiscal and credit policy, its foreign
      exchange receipts and expenditures, the grant of import licences, and may
      conduct international financial operations on its own faith and credit. During
      the first two years after the termination of the Mandate, the Joint Economic
      Board shall have the authority to take such measures as may be necessary to
      ensure that – to the extent that the total foreign exchange revenues of the two
      States from the export of goods and services permit, and provided that each
      State takes appropriate measures to conserve its own foreign exchange resources
      – each State shall have available, in any twelve months’ period, foreign
      exchange sufficient to assure the supply of quantities of imported goods and
      services for consumption in its territory equivalent to the quantities of such
      goods and services consumed in that territory in the twelve months’ period
      ending 31 December 1947.
    10. All economic authority not specifically vested in the Joint Economic Board
      is reserved to each State.
    11. There shall be a common customs tariff with complete freedom of trade
      between the States, and between the States and the City of Jerusalem.
    12. The tariff schedules shall be drawn up by a Tariff Commission, consisting
      of representatives of each of the States in equal numbers, and shall be
      submitted to the Joint Economic Board for approval by a majority vote. In case
      of disagreement in the Tariff Commission, the Joint Economic Board shall
      arbitrate the points of difference. In the event that the Tariff Commission
      fails to draw up any schedule by a date to be fixed, the Joint Economic Board
      shall determine the tariff schedule.
    13. The following items shall be a first charge on the customs and other common
      revenue of the Joint Economic Board:

      1. The expenses of the customs service and of the operation of the
        joint services;
      2. The administrative expenses of the Joint Economic Board;
      3. The financial obligations of the Administration of Palestine, consisting
        of:

        1. The service of the outstanding public debt;
        2. The cost of superannuation benefits, now being paid or falling due in the
          future, in accordance with the rules and to the extent established by paragraph
          3 of chapter 3 above.
    14. After these obligations have been met in full, the surplus revenue from the
      customs and other common services shall be divided in the following manner: not
      less than 5 per cent and not more than 10 per cent to the City of Jerusalem;
      the residue shall be allocated to each State by the Joint Economic Board
      equitably, with the objective of maintaining a sufficient and suitable level of
      government and social services in each State, except that the share of either
      State shall not exceed the amount of that State’s contribution to the revenues
      of the Economic Union by more than approximately four million pounds in any
      year. The amount granted may be adjusted by the Board according to the price
      level in relation to the prices prevailing at the time of the establishment of
      the Union. After five years, the principles of the distribution of the joint
      revenue may be revised by the Joint Economic Board on a basis of equity.
    15. All international conventions and treaties affecting customs tariff rates,
      and those communications services under the jurisdiction of the Joint Economic
      Board, shall be entered into by both States. In these matters, the two States
      shall be bound to act in accordance with the majority of the Joint Economic
      Board.
    16. The Joint Economic Board shall endeavour to secure for Palestine’s exports
      fair and equal access to world markets.
    17. All enterprises operated by the Joint Economic Board shall pay fair wages
      on a uniform basis.
      Freedom of Transit and Visit
    18. The undertaking shall contain provisions preserving freedom of transit and
      visit for all residents or citizens of both States and of the City of
      Jerusalem, subject to security considerations; provided that each State and the
      City shall control residence within its borders.
      Termination, Modification and Interpretation of the
      Undertaking
    19. The undertaking and any treaty issuing therefrom shall remain in force for
      a period of ten years. It shall continue in force until notice of termination,
      to take effect two years thereafter, is given by either of the parties.
    20. During the initial ten-year period, the undertaking and any treaty issuing
      therefrom may not be modified except by consent of both parties and with the
      approval of the General Assembly.
    21. Any dispute relating to the application or the interpretation of the
      undertaking and any treaty issuing therefrom shall be referred, at the request
      of either party, to the International Court Of Justice, unless the parties
      agree to another mode of settlement.

    E. ASSETS

    1. The movable assets of the Administration of Palestine shall be
      allocated to the Arab and Jewish States and the City of Jerusalem on an
      equitable basis. Allocations should be made by the United Nations Commission
      referred to iii section B, paragraph 1, above. Immovable assets shall become
      the property of the government of the territory in which they are situated.
    2. During the period between the appointment of the United Nations Commission
      and the termination of the Mandate, the mandatory Power shall, except in
      respect of ordinary operations, consult with the Commission on any measure
      which it may contemplate involving the liquidation, disposal or encumbering of
      the assets of the Palestine Government, such as the accumulated treasury
      surplus, the proceeds of Government bond issues, State lands or any other
      asset.

    F. ADMISSION TO MEMBERSHIP IN THE UNITED NATIONS

    When the independence of either the Arab or the Jewish State as envisaged in
    this plan has become effective and the declaration and undertaking, as
    envisaged in this plan, have been signed by either of them, sympathetic
    consideration should be given to its application for admission to membership in
    the United Nations in accordance with article 4 of the Charter of the United
    Nations.

    Part II. – Boundaries

    A. THE ARAB STATE

    The area of the Arab State in Western Galilee is bounded on the west by the
    Mediterranean and on the north by the frontier of the Lebanon from Ras en
    Naqura to a point north of Saliha. From there the boundary proceeds southwards,
    leaving the built-up area of Saliha in the Arab State, to join the southernmost
    point of this village. There it follows the western boundary line of the
    villages of ‘Alma, Rihaniya and Teitaba, thence following the northern boundary
    line of Meirun village to join the Acre-Safad Sub-District boundary line. It
    follows this line to a point west of Es Sammu’i village and joins it again at
    the northernmost point of Farradiya. Thence it follows the sub-district
    boundary line to the Acre-Safad main road. From here it follows the western
    boundary of Kafr-I’nan village until it reaches the Tiberias-Acre Sub-District
    boundary line, passing to the west of the junction of the Acre-Safad and
    Lubiya-Kafr-I’nan roads. From the south-west corner of Kafr-I’nan village the
    boundary line follows the western boundary of the Tiberias Sub-District to a
    point close to the boundary line between the villages of Maghar and ‘Eilabun,
    thence bulging out to the west to include as much of the eastern part of the
    plain of Battuf as is necessary for the reservoir proposed by the Jewish Agency
    for the irrigation of lands to the south and east.
    The boundary rejoins the Tiberias Sub-District boundary at a point on the
    Nazareth-Tiberias road south-east of the built-up area of Tur’an; thence it
    runs southwards, at first following the sub-district boundary and then passing
    between the Kadoorie Agricultural School and Mount Tabor, to a point due south
    at the base of Mount Tabor. From here it runs due west, parallel to the
    horizontal grid line 230, to the north-east corner of the village lands of Tel
    Adashim. It then runs to the northwest corner of these lands, whence it turns
    south and west so as to include in the Arab State the sources of the Nazareth
    water supply in Yafa village. On reaching Ginneiger it follows the eastern,
    northern and western boundaries of the lands of this village to their
    south-west comer, whence it proceeds in a straight line to a point on the
    Haifa-Afula railway on the boundary between the villages of Sarid and
    El-Mujeidil. This is the point of intersection. The south-western boundary of
    the area of the Arab State in Galilee takes a line from this point, passing
    northwards along the eastern boundaries of Sarid and Gevat to the north-eastern
    corner of Nahalal, proceeding thence across the land of Kefar ha Horesh to a
    central point on the southern boundary of the village of ‘Ilut, thence
    westwards along that village boundary to the eastern boundary of Beit Lahm,
    thence northwards and north-eastwards along its western boundary to the
    north-eastern corner of Waldheim and thence north-westwards across the village
    lands of Shafa ‘Amr to the southeastern corner of Ramat Yohanan. From here it
    runs due north-north-east to a point on the Shafa ‘Amr-Haifa road, west of its
    junction with the road of I’billin. From there it proceeds north-east to
    a point on the southern boundary of I’billin situated to the west of the
    I’billin-Birwa road. Thence along that boundary to its westernmost point,
    whence it turns to the north, follows across the village land of Tamra to the
    north-westernmost corner and along the western boundary of Julis until it
    reaches the Acre-Safad road. It then runs westwards along the southern side of
    the Safad-Acre road to the Galilee-Haifa District boundary, from which point it
    follows that boundary to the sea.
    The boundary of the hill country of Samaria and Judea starts on the Jordan
    River at the Wadi Malih south-east of Beisan and runs due west to meet the
    Beisan-Jericho road and then follows the western side of that road in a
    north-westerly direction to the junction of the boundaries of the Sub-Districts
    of Beisan, Nablus, and Jenin. From that point it follows the Nablus-Jenin
    sub-District boundary westwards for a distance of about three kilometres and
    then turns north-westwards, passing to the east of the built-up areas of the
    villages of Jalbun and Faqqu’a, to the boundary of the Sub-Districts of Jenin
    and Beisan at a point northeast of Nuris. Thence it proceeds first
    northwestwards to a point due north of the built-up area of Zie’in and then
    westwards to the Afula-Jenin railway, thence north-westwards along the District
    boundary line to the point of intersection on the Hejaz railway. From here the
    boundary runs southwestwards, including the built-up area and some of the land
    of the village of Kh. Lid in the Arab State to cross the Haifa-Jenin road at a
    point on the district boundary between Haifa and Samaria west of El- Mansi. It
    follows this boundary to the southernmost point of the village of El-Buteimat.
    From here it follows the northern and eastern boundaries of the village of
    Ar’ara rejoining the Haifa-Samaria district boundary at Wadi ‘Ara, and thence
    proceeding south-south-westwards in an approximately straight line joining up
    with the western boundary of Qaqun to a point east of the railway line on the
    eastern boundary of Qaqun village. From here it runs along the railway line
    some distance to the east of it to a point just east of the Tulkarm railway
    station. Thence the boundary follows a line half-way between the railway and
    the Tulkarm-Qalqiliya-Jaljuliya and Ras El-Ein road to a point just east of Ras
    El-Ein station, whence it proceeds along the railway some distance to the east
    of it to the point on the railway line south of the junction of the Haifa-Lydda
    and Beit Nabala lines, whence it proceeds along the southern border of Lydda
    airport to its south-west corner, thence in a south-westerly direction to a
    point just west of the built-up area of Sarafand El ‘Amar, whence it turns
    south, passing just to the west of the built-up area of Abu El-Fadil to the
    north-east corner of the lands of Beer Ya’aqov. (The boundary line should be so
    demarcated as to allow direct access from the Arab State to the airport.)
    Thence the boundary line follows the western and southern boundaries of Ramle
    village, to the north-east corner of El Na’ana village, thence in a straight
    line to the southernmost point of El Barriya, along the eastern boundary of
    that village and the southern boundary of ‘Innaba village. Thence it turns
    north to follow the southern side of the Jaffa-Jerusalem road until El-Qubab,
    whence it follows the road to the boundary of Abu-Shusha. It runs along the
    eastern boundaries of Abu Shusha, Seidun, Hulda to the southernmost point of
    Hulda, thence westwards in a straight line to the north-eastern corner of Umm
    Kalkha, thence following the northern boundaries of Umm Kalkha, Qazaza and the
    northern and western boundaries of Mukhezin to the Gaza District boundary and
    thence runs across the village lands of El-Mismiya El-Kabira, and Yasur to the
    southern point of intersection, which is midway between the built-up areas of
    Yasur and Batani Sharqi.
    From the southern point of intersection the boundary lines run north-westwards
    between the villages of Gan Yavne and Barqa to the sea at a point half way
    between Nabi Yunis and Minat El-Qila, and south-eastwards to a point west of
    Qastina, whence it turns in a south-westerly direction, passing to the east of
    the built-up areas of Es Sawafir Esh Sharqiya and ‘Ibdis. From the south-east
    corner of ‘Ibdis village it runs to a point southwest of the built-up area of
    Beit ‘Affa, crossing the Hebron-El-Majdal road just to the west of the built-up
    area of ‘Iraq Suweidan. Thence it proceeds southward along the western village
    boundary of El-Faluja to the Beersheba Sub-District boundary. It then runs
    across the tribal lands of ‘Arab El-Jubarat to a point on the boundary between
    the Sub-Districts of Beersheba and Hebron north of Kh. Khuweilifa, whence it
    proceeds in a south-westerly direction to a point on the Beersheba-Gaza main
    road two kilometres to the north-west of the town. It then turns
    south-eastwards to reach Wadi Sab’ at a point situated one kilometer to the
    west of it. From here it turns north-eastwards and proceeds along Wadi Sab’ and
    along the Beersheba-Hebron road for a distance of one kilometer, whence it
    turns eastwards and runs in a straight line to Kh. Kuseifa to join the
    Beersheba-Hebron Sub-District boundary. It then follows the Beersheba-Hebron
    boundary eastwards to a point north of Ras Ez-Zuweira, only departing from it
    so as to cut across the base of the indentation between vertical grid lines 150
    and 160.
    About five kilometres north-east of Ras Ez-Zuweira it turns north, excluding
    from the Arab State a strip along the coast of the Dead Sea not more than seven
    kilometres in depth, as far as ‘Ein Geddi, whence it turns due east to join the
    Transjordan frontier in the Dead Sea.
    The northern boundary of the Arab section of the coastal plain runs from a
    point between Minat El-Qila and Nabi Yunis, passing between the built-up areas
    of Gan Yavne and Barqa to the point of intersection. From here it turns
    south-westwards, running across the lands of Batani Sharqi, along the eastern
    boundary of the lands of Beit Daras and across the lands of Julis, leaving the
    built-up areas of Batani Sharqi and Julis to the westwards, as far as the
    north-west corner of the lands of Beit-Tima. Thence it runs east of El-Jiya
    across the village lands of El-Barbara along the eastern boundaries of the
    villages of Beit Jirja, Deir Suneid and Dimra. From the south-east corner of
    Dimra the boundary passes across the lands of Beit Hanun, leaving the Jewish
    lands of Nir-Am to the eastwards. From the south-east corner of Beit Hanun the
    line runs south-west to a point south of the parallel grid line 100, then turns
    north-west for two kilometres, turning again in a southwesterly direction and
    continuing in an almost straight line to the north-west corner of the village
    lands of Kirbet Ikhza’a. From there it follows the boundary line of this
    village to its southernmost point. It then runs in a southerly direction along
    the vertical grid line 90 to its junction with the horizontal grid line 70. It
    then turns south-eastwards to Kh. El-Ruheiba and then proceeds in a southerly
    direction to a point known as El-Baha, beyond which it crosses the Beersheba-EI
    ‘Auja main road to the west of Kh. El-Mushrifa. From there it joins Wadi
    El-Zaiyatin just to the west of El-Subeita. From there it turns to the
    north-east and then to the south-east following this Wadi and passes to the
    east of ‘Abda to join Wadi Nafkh. It then bulges to the south-west along Wadi
    Nafkh, Wadi ‘Ajrim and Wadi Lassan to the point where Wadi Lassan crosses the
    Egyptian frontier.
    The area of the Arab enclave of Jaffa consists of that part of the
    town-planning area of Jaffa which lies to the west of the Jewish quarters lying
    south of Tel-Aviv, to the west of the continuation of Herzl street up to its
    junction with the Jaffa-Jerusalem road, to the south-west of the section of the
    Jaffa-Jerusalem road lying south-east of that junction, to the west of Miqve
    Yisrael lands, to the northwest of Holon local council area, to the north of
    the line linking up the north-west corner of Holon with the northeast corner of
    Bat Yam local council area and to the north of Bat Yam local council area. The
    question of Karton quarter will be decided by the Boundary Commission, bearing
    in mind among other considerations the desirability of including the smallest
    possible number of its Arab inhabitants and the largest possible number of its
    Jewish inhabitants in the Jewish State.

    B. THE JEWISH STATE

    The north-eastern sector of the Jewish State (Eastern Galilee) is bounded on
    the north and west by the Lebanese frontier and on the east by the frontiers of
    Syria and Trans-jordan. It includes the whole of the Huleh Basin, Lake
    Tiberias, the whole of the Beisan Sub-District, the boundary line being
    extended to the crest of the Gilboa mountains and the Wadi Malih. From there
    the Jewish State extends north-west, following the boundary described in
    respect of the Arab State. The Jewish section of the coastal plain extends from
    a point between Minat El-Qila and Nabi Yunis in the Gaza Sub-District and
    includes the towns of Haifa and Tel-Aviv, leaving Jaffa as an enclave of the
    Arab State. The eastern frontier of the Jewish State follows the boundary
    described in respect of the Arab State.
    The Beersheba area comprises the whole of the Beersheba Sub-District, including
    the Negeb and the eastern part of the Gaza Sub-District, but excluding the town
    of Beersheba and those areas described in respect of the Arab State. It
    includes also a strip of land along the Dead Sea stretching from the
    Beersheba-Hebron Sub-District boundary line to ‘Ein Geddi, as described in
    respect of the Arab State.

    C. THE CITY OF JERUSALEM

    The boundaries of the City of Jerusalem are as defined in the recommendations
    on the City of Jerusalem. (See Part III, section B, below).

    Part III. – City of Jerusalem(5)

    A. SPECIAL REGIME

    The City of Jerusalem shall be established as a corpus separatum under a
    special international regime and shall be administered by the United Nations.
    The Trusteeship Council shall be designated to discharge the responsibilities
    of the Administering Authority on behalf of the United Nations.

    B. BOUNDARIES OF THE CITY

    The City of Jerusalem shall include the present municipality of Jerusalem plus
    the surrounding villages and towns, the most eastern of which shall be Abu Dis;
    the most southern, Bethlehem; the most western, ‘Ein Karim (including also the
    built-up area of Motsa); and the most northern Shu’fat, as indicated on the
    attached sketch-map (annex B).

    C. STATUTE OF THE CITY

    The Trusteeship Council shall, within five months of the approval of the
    present plan, elaborate and approve a detailed statute of the City which shall
    contain, inter alia, the substance of the following provisions:

    1. Government machinery; special objectives. The Administering Authority
      in discharging its administrative obligations shall pursue the following
      special objectives:

      1. To protect and to preserve the unique spiritual and religious
        interests located in the city of the three great monotheistic faiths throughout
        the world, Christian, Jewish and Moslem; to this end to ensure that order and
        peace, and especially religious peace, reign in Jerusalem;
      2. To foster cooperation among all the inhabitants of the city in their own
        interests as well as in order to encourage and support the peaceful development
        of the mutual relations between the two Palestinian peoples throughout the Holy
        Land; to promote the security, well-being and any constructive measures of
        development of the residents having regard to the special circumstances and
        customs of the various peoples and communities.
    2. Governor and Administrative staff. A Governor of the City of Jerusalem
      shall be appointed by the Trusteeship Council and shall be responsible to it.
      He shall be selected on the basis of special qualifications and without regard
      to nationality. He shall not, however, be a citizen of either State in
      Palestine.The Governor shall represent the United Nations in the City and shall exercise
      on their behalf all powers of administration, including the conduct of external
      affairs. He shall be assisted by an administrative staff classed as
      international officers in the meaning of Article 100 of the Charter and chosen
      whenever practicable from the residents of the city and of the rest of
      Palestine on a non-discriminatory basis. A detailed plan for the organization
      of the administration of the city shall be submitted by the Governor to the
      Trusteeship Council and duly approved by it.
    3. 3. Local autonomy
      1. The existing local autonomous units in the territory of the city
        (villages, townships and municipalities) shall enjoy wide powers of local
        government and administration.
      2. The Governor shall study and submit for the consideration and decision of
        the Trusteeship Council a plan for the establishment of special town units
        consisting, respectively, of the Jewish and Arab sections of new Jerusalem. The
        new town units shall continue to form part the present municipality of
        Jerusalem.
    4. Security measures
      1. The City of Jerusalem shall be demilitarized; neutrality shall
        be declared and preserved, and no para-military formations, exercises or
        activities shall be permitted within its borders.
      2. Should the administration of the City of Jerusalem be seriously obstructed
        or prevented by the non-cooperation or interference of one or more sections of
        the population the Governor shall have authority to take such measures as may
        be necessary to restore the effective functioning of administration.
      3. To assist in the maintenance of internal law and order, especially for the
        protection of the Holy Places and religious buildings and sites in the city,
        the Governor shall organize a special police force of adequate strength, the
        members of which shall be recruited outside of Palestine. The Governor shall be
        empowered to direct such budgetary provision as may be necessary for the
        maintenance of this force.
    5. Legislative Organization.A Legislative Council, elected by adult residents of the city irrespective of
      nationality on the basis of universal and secret suffrage and proportional
      representation, shall have powers of legislation and taxation. No legislative
      measures shall, however, conflict or interfere with the provisions which will
      be set forth in the Statute of the City, nor shall any law, regulation, or
      official action prevail over them. The Statute shall grant to the Governor a
      right of vetoing bills inconsistent with the provisions referred to in the
      preceding sentence. It shall also empower him to promulgate temporary
      ordinances in case the Council fails to adopt in time a bill deemed essential
      to the normal functioning of the administration.
    6. Administration of Justice.The Statute shall provide for the establishment of an independent judiciary
      system, including a court of appeal. All the inhabitants of the city shall be
      subject to it.
    7. Economic Union and Economic Regime.The City of Jerusalem shall be included in the Economic Union of Palestine and
      be bound by all stipulations of the undertaking and of any treaties issued
      therefrom, as well as by the decisions of the Joint Economic Board. The
      headquarters of the Economic Board shall be established in the territory City.
      The Statute shall provide for the regulation of economic matters not falling
      within the regime of the Economic Union, on the basis of equal treatment and
      non-discrimination for all members of thc United Nations and their
      nationals.
    8. Freedom of Transit and Visit: Control of residents.Subject to considerations of security, and of economic welfare as determined by
      the Governor under the directions of the Trusteeship Council, freedom of entry
      into, and residence within the borders of the City shall be guaranteed for the
      residents or citizens of the Arab and Jewish States. Immigration into, and
      residence within, the borders of the city for nationals of other States shall
      be controlled by the Governor under the directions of the Trusteeship
      Council.
    9. Relations with Arab and Jewish States. Representatives of the Arab and
      Jewish States shall be accredited to the Governor of the City and charged with
      the protection of the interests of their States and nationals in connection
      with the international administration of thc City.
    10. Official languages.Arabic and Hebrew shall be the official languages of the city. This will not
      preclude the adoption of one or more additional working languages, as may be
      required.
    11. Citizenship.All the residents shall become ipso facto citizens of the City of Jerusalem
      unless they opt for citizenship of the State of which they have been citizens
      or, if Arabs or Jews, have filed notice of intention to become citizens of the
      Arab or Jewish State respectively, according to Part 1, section B, paragraph 9,
      of this Plan.The Trusteeship Council shall make arrangements for consular protection of the
      citizens of the City outside its territory.
    12. Freedoms of citizens
      1. Subject only to the requirements of public order and morals, the
        inhabitants of the City shall be ensured the enjoyment of human rights and
        fundamental freedoms, including freedom of conscience, religion and worship,
        language, education, speech and press, assembly and association, and petition.
      2. No discrimination of any kind shall be made between the inhabitants on the
        grounds of race, religion, language or sex.
      3. All persons within the City shall be entitled to equal protection of the
        laws.
      4. The family law and personal status of the various persons and communities
        and their religious interests, including endowments, shall be respected.
      5. Except as may be required for the maintenance of public order and good
        government, no measure shall be taken to obstruct or interfere with the
        enterprise of religious or charitable bodies of all faiths or to discriminate
        against any representative or member of these bodies on the ground of his
        religion or nationality.
      6. The City shall ensure adequate primary and secondary education for the Arab
        and Jewish communities respectively, in their own languages and in accordance
        with their cultural traditions.The right of each community to maintain its own schools for the education of
        its own members in its own language, while conforming to such educational
        requirements of a general nature as the City may impose, shall not be denied or
        impaired. Foreign educational establishments shall continue their activity on
        the basis of their existing rights.
      7. No restriction shall be imposed on the free use by any inhabitant of the
        City of any language in private intercourse, in commerce, in religion, in the
        Press or in publications of any kind, or at public meetings.
    13. Holy Places
      1. Existing rights in respect of Holy Places and religious
        buildings or sites shall not be denied or impaired.
      2. Free access to the Holy Places and religious buildings or sites and the
        free exercise of worship shall be secured in conformity with existing rights
        and subject to the requirements of public order and decorum.
      3. Holy Places and religious buildings or sites shall be preserved. No act
        shall be permitted which may in any way impair their sacred character. If at
        any time it appears to the Governor that any particular Holy Place, religious
        building or site is in need of urgent repair, the Governor may call upon the
        community or communities concerned to carry out such repair. The Governor may
        carry it out himself at the expense of the community or communities concerned
        if no action is taken within a reasonable time.
      4. No taxation shall be levied in respect of any Holy Place, religious
        building or site which was exempt from taxation on the date of the creation of
        the City. No change in the incidence of such taxation shall be made which would
        either discriminate between the owners or occupiers of Holy Places, religious
        buildings or sites or would place such owners or occupiers in a position less
        favourable in relation to the general incidence of taxation than existed at the
        time of the adoption of the Assembly’s recommendations.
    14. Special powers of the Governor in respect of the Holy Places, religious
      buildings and sites in the City and in any part of Palestine.

      1. The protection of the Holy Places, religious buildings and sites
        located in the City of Jerusalem shall be a special concern of the Governor.
      2. With relation to such places, buildings and sites in Palestine outside the
        city, the Governor shall determine, on the ground of powers granted to him by
        the Constitution of both States, whether the provisions of the Constitution of
        the Arab and Jewish States in Palestine dealing therewith and the religious
        rights appertaining thereto are being properly applied and respected.
      3. The Governor shall also be empowered to make decisions on the basis of
        existing rights in cases of disputes which may arise between the different
        religious communities or the rites of a religious community in respect of the
        Holy Places, religious buildings and sites in any part of Palestine.In this task he may be assisted by a consultative council of representatives of
        different denominations acting in an advisory capacity.

    D. DURATION OF THE SPECIAL REGIME

    The Statute elaborated by the Trusteeship Council the aforementioned principles
    shall come into force not later than 1 October 1948. It shall remain in force
    in the first instance for a period of ten years, unless the Trusteeship Council
    finds it necessary to undertake a re-examination of these provisions at an
    earlier date. After the expiration of this period the whole scheme shall be
    subject to examination by the Trusteeship Council in the light of experience
    acquired with its functioning. The residents the City shall be then free to
    express by means of a referendum their wishes as to possible modifications of
    regime of the City.

    Part IV. Capitulations

    States whose nationals have in the past enjoyed in Palestine the privileges and
    immunities of foreigners, including the benefits of consular jurisdiction and
    protection, as formerly enjoyed by capitulation or usage in the Ottoman Empire,
    are invited to renounce any right pertaining to them to the re-establishment of
    such privileges and immunities in the proposed Arab and Jewish States and the
    City of Jerusalem.

    Adopted at the 128th plenary
    meeting:

    In favour: 33
    Australia, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Byelorussian S.S.R., Canada,
    Costa Rica, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, France,
    Guatemala, Haiti, Iceland, Liberia, Luxemburg, Netherlands, New Zealand,
    Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Sweden,
    Ukrainian S.S.R., Union of South Africa, U.S.A., U.S.S.R., Uruguay,
    Venezuela.

    Against: 13
    Afghanistan, Cuba, Egypt, Greece, India, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Pakistan,
    Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, Yemen.

    Abstained: 10
    Argentina, Chile, China, Colombia, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Honduras, Mexico,
    United Kingdom, Yugoslavia.


    (1) See Official Records of the General Assembly, Second Session Supplement No.
    11,Volumes l-lV.
    * At its hundred and twenty-eighth plenary meeting on 29 November 1947 the
    General Assembly, in accordance with the terms of the above resolution, elected
    the following members of the United Nations Commission on Palestine: Bolivia,
    Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Panama, and Philippines.
    (2) This resolution was adopted without reference to a Committee.
    (3) The following stipulation shall be added to the declaration concerning the
    Jewish State: “In the Jewish State adequate facilities shall be given to
    Arabic-speaking citizens for the use of their language, either orally or in
    writing, in the legislature, before the Courts and in the administration.”
    (4) In the declaration concerning the Arab State, the words “by an Arab in the
    Jewish State” should be replaced by the words “by a Jew in the Arab State.”
    (5) On the question of the internationalization of Jerusalem, see also General
    Assembly resolutions 185 (S-2) of 26 April 1948; 187 (S-2) of 6 May 1948, 303
    (lV) of 9 December 1949, and resolutions of the Trusteeship Council (Section
    IV).

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