Principled stand

McClean explains Barbados’ position on Jerusalem

Barbados was among Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries who today stood up to United States president Donald Trump by voting in support of a United Nations (UN) resolution condemning his recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

The resolution did not enjoy unanimous CARICOM support. However, the Freundel Stuart administration joined with more than 100 members of the world body in backing the non-binding measure that called on Trump to reverse his decision on Jerusalem, even as Washington threatened action against countries that supported the resolution.

Asked to explain why Barbados voted the way it did, Minister of Foreign Affairs Maxine McClean told Barbados TODAY this evening that it came down to a matter of principle.


“Barbados remains consistent on the matter. We have always supported a two state solution, a negotiated solution and from our perspective the [Trump] decision does not facilitate that,” she said, adding that even with the threat of sanctions now hanging over its head, she did not believe that Barbados had anything to fear.

“If you look back to where we began as an independent sovereign state in 1966 our first Prime Minister [Errol Walton Barrow] made a statement that is often referred to in which he said Barbados is a ‘friend of all and a satellite of none” said McClean.

And while pointing out that  “the United States has been a friend of Barbados [and] we have supported them on several issues, she was adamant that today’s vote was not about the US.

“It was not a vote against the United States. It is a vote that is consistent with a position that we have held for a long time and we are not in the business of changing our position based on threats. We operate on the basis of principle,” she stressed.

The resolution said in part that “any decisions and actions which purport to have altered, the character, status or demographic composition of the Holy City of Jerusalem have no legal effect, are null and void and must be rescinded in compliance with relevant resolutions of the [UN] Security Council”.

It also called upon all states “to refrain from the establishment of diplomatic missions in the Holy City of Jerusalem”.

When the final vote was announced it became clear that no CARICOM country was in support of the US move, even though Washington got the support of Israel, Guatemala, Honduras, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau and Togo.

However, not all CARICOM states voted ‘yes’, with Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago among 35 countries that abstained from the crucial vote.

Trinidad and Tobago’s minister of foreign and CARICOM affairs Dennis Moses later said that the Keith Rowley administration had taken its domestic position into consideration when it voted.

Among the 128 countries that voted in favour of the resolution were Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, St Vincent & the Grenadines and Suriname.

St Lucia and Haiti did not register a vote and it is not known whether they were among the 21 countries that stayed away from the UN General Assembly meeting on Thursday.

Ahead of today’s vote, the St Vincent & the Grenadines government was the only CARICOM country to publicly call on Washington “to refrain from recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of the state of Israel” after Trump had indicated a willingness to do so.

“Any such recognition would imperil the internationally-agreed two-state solution, destabilize the Middle East region, and invalidate the important role of the United States as an honest broker and driver of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process,” the Ralph Gonsalves-led administration had said in a statement.

Currently, the capital of Israel is Tel Aviv, while Jerusalem has special legal and political status.

The Gonsalves administration noted that in 1980, in response to an Israeli attempt to declare Jerusalem the capital of Israel, the United Nations Security Council had condemned that declaration as a violation of international law.

“The Security Council went on to state that ‘all legislative and administrative measures and actions taken by Israel, the occupying power, which have altered or purport to alter the character and status of the Holy City of Jerusalem . . . are null and void and must be rescinded forthwith,’ and that such actions ‘constitute . . . a serious obstruction to achieving a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East,’ the Vincentian ministry of foreign affairs had noted in its statement.

It said that while it applauded the recent efforts by Washington “to reinvigorate the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, we urge that such efforts focus on cessation of illegal Israeli settlement activity in Palestinian territory, the removal of impediments to movement and commerce within the State of Palestine, and the fostering of an environment of trust and goodwill that can stimulate meaningful negotiations between the parties.

“The decades of painstaking work, to say nothing of the lives lost in the conflict, demand mature, responsible and measured action.

“Accordingly, St Vincent and the Grenadines strongly urges the United States of America to acknowledge that any unilateral declaration on its part regarding the status of Jerusalem will not in any way advance the cause of a just, peaceful and lasting solution to the dispute between the peoples of Israel and Palestine,” the statement added.

Prior to Thursday’s vote, Trump had also threatened that if the UN voted against his country, the US would “save a lot”.

“They take hundreds of millions of dollars and even billions of dollars and then they vote against us. Well, we’re watching those votes. Let them vote against us. We’ll save a lot. We don’t care.

“We don’t care. But this isn’t like it used to be where they could vote against you and then you pay them hundreds of millions of dollars. We’re not going to be taken advantage of any longer,” Trump said.

The US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, had also warned that she would be “taking names” of those countries that voted in support of the resolution.

“The United States will remember this day, on which it was singled out for attack in the General Assembly for the very act of exercising our right as a sovereign nation.

“America will put our embassy in Jerusalem. That is what the American people want us to do and it is the right thing to do. No vote in the United Nations will make any difference on that,” she added.

51 Responses to Principled stand

  1. Alex Alleyne December 21, 2017 at 11:17 pm

    This is where CARICOM need to speak with ONE voice. JA and T&T looking to jump ship.

  2. Miguel Griffith
    Miguel Griffith December 21, 2017 at 11:19 pm

    Barbados should have abstained. How can it be that the international community has the right to set boundaries? Jerusalem was the home of Jews for centuries, how can it be that a new world order can take from one and give to another.
    You can’t claim what is not rightfully yours to claim nor can someone give what is not his to give.
    People talking about Israel but I am not hearing the UN bringing resolutions for the PLO and Hamas.

    • Jennifer December 22, 2017 at 5:13 am

      May I suggest you read the thirteenth tribe. By Arthur Koestler – Amazon. But you are correct Barbados should have abstained seeing that they are so ignorant of their history.
      Well done to Jamaica, Antigua, T&T etc for abstaining.

  3. david gibbs December 22, 2017 at 12:24 am

    Miguel Griffith it is more complicated than that. what if the native American Indians in the US, on the basis that they were there first, decided that assume control over the entire USA and confine the whites and others to a single state or are? . What about the Arawaks and Caribs in the Caribbean? The Jews were expelled from Jerusalem in 135 AD by the Roman empire and returned enmasse in the 1800s – 1940’s. That is almost a 2000 year absence. In the interim both Jews and Arabs (and others) live in the land(including Jerusalem) . It was controlled and governed by a variety of nations during that item – Rome, Ottoman Empire (Turkey), Egypt, Arabs, etc can you really return after 2000 years and claim that you and only you have sole and total right to govern the land because God promised it to Abraham and you are his descendants? isn’t a negotiated settlement a much fairer approach based on a two-nation solution?

    • Jennifer December 22, 2017 at 5:19 am

      You too needs to read the thirteenth tribe. You are missing some vital information. This author and his wife was found dead in a London hotel. But why??????

  4. Francis December 22, 2017 at 12:34 am

    Miguel Griffith you obviously missed the point.
    Go to the back of the class please!!!

  5. archy perch December 22, 2017 at 1:24 am

    The State of Israel was proclaimed by the Jewish People’s Council on May 14th, 1948. U.S President, Harry Truman recognized the new nation on the same day. The United Nations then became a player, and formulated certain resolutions to govern that land between the Jews and Palestinian Arabs.
    Jerusalem is considered a Holy City to Jews, Muslims and Christians alike. Many important biblical events took place there. Both Christians and Jews believe the Old Testament. Jerusalem is also mentioned in the Jewish Torah.
    Jerusalem was divided during the first 20-years of Israel’s existence. Israel controlled the western portion, and Jordan East Jerusalem.
    After the 1967 six-day war, Israel seized all of Jerusalem.
    The U.S Embassy is currently in Tel Aviv 40-miles away. The embassy was opened in 1966. There are currently over 86 embassies in Tel Aviv vacinity.
    Jerusalem is a hot political potato and the Jews -mostly immigrants from Europe- are bullies.

  6. Santa December 22, 2017 at 5:23 am

    Bb did the wrong thing. Americans on the side of this little piece of rock, and this is how it pays back. Trump should block miami airport to bajans buying goods there..

  7. Jennifer December 22, 2017 at 5:32 am

    All praises to the god of Jacob. May he and his saints reign for ever and ever and rule all nations with a rod of iron.
    All Caribbean leaders should stand with Donald J Trump(et) to fulfill this much needed biblical prophecy. ALL ignorant so called Caribbean leaders should abstain from all of this pepper-pot. OBVIOUSLY YOU DO NOT KNOW WHAT YOU ARE VOTING FOR OR AGAINST.

    • Jennifer December 22, 2017 at 5:41 am

      We got a HUGH CONUNDRUM. Bigger than any simple mind can understand. We are currently dealing with two blood brothers and then there is the ba$tar* dwelling in Ashdod.

  8. Tony Webster December 22, 2017 at 5:40 am

    Senator, Mr. Trump doesn’t know the difference between “principle”, and “principal”…and he is blithely unaware that Barbados is a little dot somewhere in a big beautiful blue ocean-thing somewhere .
    Yes, I agree fully that we should have voted as we all did: but yet tuppence impression on the hide of a rhinoceros with blond, sculpted, blown-dried hair- and brain.

  9. Sheron Inniss December 22, 2017 at 7:08 am

    I stand with the US president on this one. I may be wrong but as I understand it the WORD is just being fulfilled. If I am correct no one can change that.

    • Jennifer December 22, 2017 at 7:17 am

      Well done Ms Inniss.
      And a good morning to you. The man trump is bringing prophecy. While others voting against him is ignorantly trying to avert it. That place will soon become a cup of trembling.

    • Jennifer December 22, 2017 at 7:18 am

      Good morning sheron. Spot on girl.

      • Jennifer December 22, 2017 at 7:19 am

        Why is this awaiting moderation????? Hahahahaha

    • 3rdsun December 22, 2017 at 8:40 pm

      Then ya stand alone wid dem. a bunch of bullies de US is

  10. Jennifer December 22, 2017 at 7:24 am

    Once a person don’t talk placid with politically corrected, channelled slave talk you people does moderate them all day. Why??? Go and read the bible then see it all in there coming to pass. And block me as usual too.

  11. Alex Alleyne December 22, 2017 at 7:51 am

    Again , this is why CARICOM is such a mess. Did these Islands discuss the issue before hand ?. Barbados should have “abstain” and join the rest of CARICOM. Oh boy, oh boy.

  12. N Day December 22, 2017 at 8:02 am

    @Jennifer and Miguel…I agree with you 100%. You see, when people don’t read the scriptures in the Bible and research history they make some erroneous decisions. If you are a true follower of Christ, you cannot agree that Jerusalem belongs to the Palestinians. Who are the Palestinians? When the roman emperor Hadrian suppressed the Bar Kokhba Revolt (This was a revolt by the Jews) in Judea approximately around AD135, he renamed Jerusalem Aelia Capitolina and Judea was renamed Palestine. He did this as an attempt to erase all Jewish History and connection.
    Under the Ottoman Empire (1517-1917), the term Palestine was used as a general term to describe the land south of Syria; it was not an official designation. In fact, many Ottomans and Arabs who lived in Palestine during this time period referred to the area as Southern Syria and not as Palestine. The so called modern day “Palestinians” are descendants of Egyptians and Saudi Arabians. There is a lot on this topic when you do research.
    Other than that, the Creator of this earth as we know it, Elohim, Yahweh, Jehovah…gave the land to the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob a.k.a Israel NOT Palestinians. Genesis 15:18 God declares to Abraham, “To your descendants I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates.” Amos 9:15 – I will plant Israel in their own land, never again to be uprooted from the land I have given them”. There are many other instances in the Bible where the reference to the land given to Israel is mentioned. The land of Caanan was declared for the Israelites by the one and only Supreme God, and he will come against all those who divide up his land and give it away. Look in the past and see what happened to those who divided up Israel. This isn’t about Donald Trump, this is about coming against the word of the Sovereign God.
    On another note, the Koran was written over 23 years…the Bible (Old and New Testament) was written over 1500 years. Jerusalem is mentioned in the Bible approximately 800 times and not mentioned at all in the Koran. Jerusalem is mentioned in the Bible which was written hundreds of years before Mohammed and Islam ever existed, so how can Jerusalem be the holy city of the Palestinians?
    Despite Israel being conquered and expelled from their land time over time, that doesn’t negate the fact the God declared the land for Israel. 2 Chronicles 6:6 – But now I have chosen Jerusalem for my Name to be there, and I have chosen David to rule my people Israel.’

    • Jennifer December 22, 2017 at 9:51 am

      @ N Day – Amos 9:15 is still UN-FULFILLED. What does
      Daniel 7:9 READ????? surely children would look like their parents?????

  13. Sue Donym December 22, 2017 at 8:35 am

    Barbados got this one right!
    The US says that they have a right to vote the way they want – and then berate other countries for making their own decision. Hypocricy!

  14. allison archer December 22, 2017 at 9:00 am

    well the DLP is not speaking for this specific Barbadian, Jerusalem is the capital of Israel= God’s beloved people and I stand with God
    Barbados was sovereignly selected to be the epitome for the Caribbean society by the Creator for these many years but now going against God not me, I am standing with Jesus the Christ all the way
    if not for Israel we will not be here today, the Gentiles were birth through Israel and I pledge my allegiance with Israel
    God bless President Trump & Vice President Pence & all those who abide at his table

    • Jennifer December 22, 2017 at 9:15 am


    • 3rdsun December 22, 2017 at 8:39 pm

      You igrunt baddd

  15. allison archer December 22, 2017 at 9:15 am

    Barbados has been overtaken with great evil because of the stance of leaders as they continue to distance the people from God’s law

    I believe it is time for the national anthem to be rewritten for we no longer believe / obey Him, clearly we have come a long way from the landmark boundaries our fore-parents had laid, any and everything is permitted once it derives pleasure

    well the bible speaks of such a time as never was, so be prepared for the increase onslaught of evil that is drastically permeating society as man is enticed to make a 360 degree turn from Jesus

    only Jesus can save these folks and as man continue to do what is right in his own eyes denying the Creator, I say repent and be born again for that’s the only way out of this hell on earth

    be bless in Christ love

    • 3rdsun December 22, 2017 at 8:43 pm

      Keep looking fuh de fairy in de sky to come down

  16. Sue Donym December 22, 2017 at 9:40 am

    When people return from their flight of fancy and realise that this is an issue affecting the lives of people today, they might also see that what Donald Trump has done to try to redeem himself with Jews and Christians, is just another self-serving ploy by a racist narcissist.

    Donald Trump would not likely take a stand in the Venezuela-Guyana territorial dispute since there’s not much for him to gain there. But what if the US were to next recognise Venezuela’s “right” to a large section of Guyana, should we also have no voice? And if Guyana is not mentioned in the bible, would we be able to see this in more realistic human terms?

    Barbados did not vote against the bible, it voted against the potential that the USA has for inflaming the Israel-Palestine situation, especially given the fact that the USA has traditionally been looked at to mediate peace talks in that region.

    • Jennifer December 22, 2017 at 10:06 am

      @Sue D – A Question sis, are you knowledgeable of the scriptures????

      • Jennifer December 22, 2017 at 10:07 am

        Ignore Ms Archer for a minute.

        • Sue Donym December 22, 2017 at 10:23 am

          I think I can manage to ignore @allison archer for a little longer than that… she seems not understand the differences between opinion, interpretation and fact. The issue was whether the USA should have tried to exert their influence in the way they did – at this stage of a continuing conflict.

      • Sue Donym December 22, 2017 at 10:17 am

        @Jennifer, not in a big way… so you’ll have to keep it fairly simple for me

        • Jennifer December 22, 2017 at 10:29 am

          Ok. Then all of this will be too much to explain and very DIFFICULT (all respect sis).
          But do you think that D Trump is a different race to the so called jews in Israel????
          Please remember that we are dealing with an age old history.

          • Jennifer December 22, 2017 at 10:34 am

            Until we delete white Jesus from our cerebral cortex we will keep lost . Hosea 4:6.

          • Sue Donym December 22, 2017 at 11:11 am

            On this issue, I don’t choose to concentrate on his race, although that might be a factor in many of his decisions. My focus was on the reason for his choice insofar as his belief that he would be seen as a world leader and expect everyone else to line up behind him. He expects loyalty, while reserving free choice for himself. He holds dear his right to do and say according to his current feelings, predicting that others will gladly kowtow. His two sets of followers are to align themselves because of adoration or fear.

          • Jennifer December 22, 2017 at 11:30 am

            Yes Sue I see what you are saying about principle. But he is only pushing to have his people reinstated and cemented into a land which is not theirs either. Remember who owned that land before it was taken and given to the Israelite nation, before their exile into Africa in 70AD.

  17. allison archer December 22, 2017 at 9:54 am

    you missed it by a mile this allegiance have nothing to do with the earthly plane, it is spiritual = God’s will being done to set up for the end time
    don’t know if you will understand this but this is the final war brewing = the war of Armageddon= all the nations will be prepared to annihilate Israel but Michael the archangel will fight for those people destroying the adversaries
    do you ever wondered how Israel won that war in 1967?
    those are God’s people and He will fight for Israel, if you don’t understand the birth & history of Israel have nothing to say for you could be impeding your own salvation

    be bless in Christ Sue Donym

    • Jennifer December 22, 2017 at 10:44 am

      Ms Archer you need to pay EXTREME attention to Gen 23-24, and ALL the genealogy esp gen 36.

      • Jennifer December 22, 2017 at 11:37 am

        Remember that one baby hates the other baby from the belly. What the church/Christians do is to by pass the genealogy which is the foundation and is also critical. May I suggest that u read the Josephus, The two Babylons, APOCRYPHA and the lost books of EDEN too – Amazon paperback and kindle copy available. See also an old map of Africa 1746 of the west coast of Africa and a 1720 French map of Africa.

  18. Anderson December 22, 2017 at 10:01 am

    Agreed Allison, this stupid decision by our dumb government is just another example of how far away from our Christian values this country has fallen.

  19. Tony Webster December 22, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    Jesus said “Suffer little children to come unto me” . He did not say, “Palestinian kids excepted”. What do we say to such kids who might ask, “Am I not a human also?” Have I no human rights also?

    Are other religions, merely annoying inconveniences? What if some Aboriginal discovers in an Australian cave, a genuine Aboriginal “Bible” …confirming that all the then firmament (Gondwana…all that there was uncovered by water)…rightfully belongs to these Aboriginals ? Do we all just depart for Mars?

    Your Bible vs. My Bible. Your Faith, vs.My faith. What really makes us human?

  20. milli watt December 22, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    for the record St. Kitts and Nevis and St. Lucia did not register a vote (you do the math) and Haiti abstained……………….HAITI stupse

  21. Tee White December 22, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    The government of Barbados should be praised for voting in favour of the the UN motion which opposed Trump’s declaration that the city of Jerusalem should be seen as the capital of Israel. Contrary to the comments made in this thread, the state of Israel has nothing to do with Jews and is a product of the Zionist movement which developed in Europe as a racist and colonialist movement. It was not by accident that it was supported by the British Empire, who before givingg it Palestine to set up its Zionist state was looking into giving it a part of Uganda for its racist settler project.

    Taking the weaponised Christianity of the English King James’ bible as the starting point will most certainly lead into complete confusion on this issue. Jews are not “a people” but are a religious group. Judaism, like Christianity and Islam have their roots in the religion of the Ancient Africans of KMT (Ancient Egypt). Followers of these three religions were historically found throughout the Middle East, Africa and Asia. For example, in Ethiopia the orthodox Christians lived peacefully with the Jews (Falasha) and the prophet Mohammed and his early Muslim followers sought refuge in Ethiopia when they were persecuted in Arabia. So Jews as a global community have never raised a claim to establish a state of Israel and took no part in establishing it. The establishment of the state of Israel was a racist project of Europe’s Zionist movement which invaded Palestine and carried out brutal violence against the Palestinian people (including Palestinian christians, jews and muslims) in order to seize their country and turn it into a settler colony. As people who have suffered enormously at the hands of European colonialists, it shouldn’t be that difficult to see such an injustice when it is being done.

    • Jennifer December 22, 2017 at 3:58 pm

      Exactly Tee white. This is a set up state. And these people have even admitted to not having any relation at all to the ancient isrealites. Christianity have absolutely nothing to do with the bible. That state was set up by the god of this universe and I can prove it. D Trump and those people in Israel are of the same race of people with the same agenda, the English people too. Not backing Trump will block prophecy which is heralding in the final hour. Trump must do this bro.

      • Jennifer December 22, 2017 at 4:01 pm

        The ORIGINAL Palestinians came off of Rachab. They was also ousted long time ago too bro, just like the isrealites.

        • Jennifer December 22, 2017 at 4:08 pm

          AND ALL MELENATED PEOPLE TOO. Not one pale face. Those original Muslims (non woolly hair) from the seed of Abraham i.e from Hagar is another pot of pumpkin.

  22. Carlisle Norville December 22, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    people like Mc Maclean, who show off their academia, & can boast of a Good Education but are ignorant, & very unwise in the things of GOD( through the holy scriptures) it is stated ,that GOD ALMIGHTY choose ages ago ,Israel as his Holy nation, to be a priest Hood unto him. The Holy Scriptures also state , that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, McMacline obviously ignorant to the word of God, joined with a bunch of unwise nations to vote against what president Trump has stood for, ( He STOOD for the word of ALMIGHTY GOD ) & fools like McMacline, & the others fly up in the face of GOD, to tell him Jerusalem is NOT the capital of Israel, if the people here in Barbados had known true biblical history, they would NEVER have sent Mclean to vote against President Trump decision,( these are the kind of people that run things in Barbados, UNWISE people who will only incur the wrath of GOD on Barbados because of their ignorance, (here is something tp PONDER from me)Every nation in the future that joins with america to decieve the prime minister of ISRAL, & force israel to divide is land will suffer GREAT calamaties, when america along with the united nations, trick nytenyahu into dividing the land of israel, a (MIGHTY ANGEL WILL trust his HUGE sword into the heart of America,) & america will experiance a GREAT & MIGHTY earthquake ,the people of America will be in GREAT Shock, & fear) this SHALL cone to pass in the apointed time (Hagion Selah.!)those of you who will laugh @ me, & mock me, (Write in your diaries todays date, year & what i have prophesied

    • Jennifer December 22, 2017 at 5:58 pm

      Well said Carlisle – shalawam Achi.

  23. Tee White December 22, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    Can someone please explain to me why they think that a weaponised version of Christianity put together by people working under the instruction of the English King James in 1611 is the “word of God”? After all the christian religion existed for at least 1500 years before King James and the orthodox Christian bible has in many books not in King James version . If the bible is the “word of God”, how can King James edit it?

    • Jennifer December 22, 2017 at 4:23 pm

      Edit = Rome. same people. Some of the answers were take out and the questions left in to deceive and preserve. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the KJV bible.

  24. 3rdsun December 22, 2017 at 8:53 pm

    Good move Ms McClean, show the US we will not be bullied or bought. All those quoting the bible as justification are real ignorant of the world we live in. Trump is making enemies of everyone and history will paint in unfavorable terms.

  25. Carl December 24, 2017 at 7:18 pm

    Years ago Barbados voted against the U.N resolution which sought to condemn Israel or Zionism as Racism. I believe that is one reason why today even amidst great economic problems Barbadians are still able to live a relative good live. God gave that promise to all Nations in Genesis 12 when talking to ABRAHAM.

    I stand amaze that a people are claiming a place as the capital of their FUTURE STATE. Is there such a thing. They have no state and yet the so called knowledgeable leaders arguing for a capital of a State that does not exist. Barbados at least should have abstained. That would have been the Principled thing to do.
    May God have mercy and overlook the ignorance of this vote by our leaders.
    PS. Why were not the people of Barbados given an opportunity to give their views before voting. Especially that we claim to be a Christian Country…which is obviously based on a strong Judeo Christian Book the Bible.


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