Following the vote, the UN observer for Palestine, Nasser al-Kidwa, described the barrier as ‘a wall of shame, built on a foundation of killings and human rights violations, which must be removed immediately’. He said that the world stood against the building of the ‘expansionist wall’ and that many countries had been subjected to immense political pressures before the vote. ‘This wall is a false excuse used as a justification for colonising our land and establishing settlements,’ he said.
Conversely, the US representative to the UN, James Cunningham, said that the resolution had been one sided. He said that the text was ‘completely unbalanced’, and highlighted that ‘it does not even mention the word terrorism’. Israeli ambassador to the UN, Dan Gillerman, said: ‘This is an Arafat fence,’ referring to the Palestinian leader, Yasser Arafat. ‘His terrorism initiated it and made its construction inevitable.’ (MEED 28:11:03)