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Did Honduras abstain in UN vote because…?

When the UN met and voted in December, 2017, on the US’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, only nine countries across the globe supported the US’s decision. Notable among the supporters of the US’s provocative move were our neighbors, Guatemala and Honduras. Just seven months later, however, on June 13, 2018, Honduras’s name (Guatemala’s too) was notably absent from the list of eight countries which denounced a UN General Assembly resolution, in an emergency session,to condemn Israel’s aggressive behavior in the region.

The resolution, which called for “greater protection for Palestinians”, and deplored “Israel’s ‘excessive’ use of force”,was supported by 120 countries, opposed by 8 countries, and there were 45 abstentions.

A recent decision by the US to stop granting TPS (temporary protected status) to citizens in a number of countries, including Honduras, “might” explain that country’s shifting to a more “neutral” position. In her May 4, 2018 story, “Trump tells 57,000 Hondurans who’ve lived in the US for 20 years to get out”, Dara [email protected] explained the troubles that lie ahead for Hondurans in America.

Linddara wrote, “By January 2020, the Trump administration will have turned 400,000 people who are currently in the US legally into unauthorized immigrants.The administration announced Friday that it is going to stop granting Temporary Protected Status — a protection given to people in the wake of humanitarian disasters in their home countries — to 57,000 Hondurans who’ve been living in the US for 20 years. They’ll have

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