At the United Nations in New York, the Security Council voted on Friday (December 19) to adopt a resolution condemning Israel's expulsion of two Palestinian West Bank Mayors, who have since gone on hunger strike in protest.
SV US delegate Donal McHenry speaking English PAN delegates voting. (3 shots)
SV's delegates McHenry announces the result(2 shots)
SV exiled West Bank Mayors Mohammed Milhelm and Fahd Al-Qawasme coming out to meet newsmen
SV Milhelm asked question and answering in English
TRANSCRIPT: McHenry: "Will those in favour of the draft resolution contained in document 14306 please raise their hand ... Those against .. abstentions ... The result of the voting is an follows ... fifteen votes in favour. The draft resolution has been adopted as resolution of 484 of 1980."
Reporter: "When did you decide that you would launch this demonstration?"
Milhelm: "We decided ever since ...the very minute we came to New York. When we came to New York here, we had in mind that if the Security Council could facilitate our return, well there was no need for that you see, and now in our attempt to help add credibility to the Security Council resolution and to show and demonstrate our personal faith in it, we have decided to stay here in trust of this organisation until our return is secure?"
Reporter: "Physically where will you stay sir, where will you sleep, what will you eat?"
Melhelm: "We are not going to eat anything, we are going to have water only. We'll be on hunger strike."
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Background: At the United Nations in New York, the Security Council voted on Friday (December 19) to adopt a resolution condemning Israel's expulsion of two Palestinian West Bank Mayors, who have since gone on hunger strike in protest. U.S. delegates Donald McHenry conducted the vote.
SYNOPSIS: After the vote, the two Mayors, Mohammed Milhem of the town of Halhoul and Fawd Al-Qawasme of Hebron, talked to reporters about their hunger strike.