Resolution 2253

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Passed on 4 July 1967 by the UN General Assembly, this resolution declares "invalid" the "measures taken by Israel to change the status of the City" of Jerusalem and "Calls upon Israel to rescind all measures already taken and to desist forthwith from taking any action which would alter the status of Jerusalem." The vote was ninety-nine to zero, with twenty abstentions. The occasion was the passage of a law by the Knesset, after the conquest of East Jerusalem in the 1967 War, to apply Israeli law, jurisdiction, and administration to East Jerusalem. Although this act was referred to in public discussion as "annexation"—as, in practical terms, it was—annexation did not formally occur until 1980, when Israel unilaterally extended its sovereignty over East Jerusalem and surrounding territory; at that time the Security Council passed Resolutions 476 and 478.

SEE ALSO Arab Israel War (1967);Jersusalem;Knesset;Resolutions 476 and 478.