UN Hu­man Rights Coun­cil passes five res­o­lu­tions against Is­rael

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The United Na­tions Hu­man Rights Coun­cil passed five anti-Is­rael res­o­lu­tions at the end of its 37th ses­sion in Geneva, un­der the “Agenda Item 7,” a UNHRC man­date that a dis­cus­sion of Is­raeli hu­man rights abuses against Pales­tini­ans must be part of ev­ery coun­cil ses­sion.

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Ha­ley ex­pressed Amer­ica’s out­rage at the UNHRC’s treat­ment of Is­rael and warned that the U.S. would re­con­sider its mem­ber­ship in the body.

“When the Hu­man Rights Coun­cil treats Is­rael worse than North Korea, Iran, and Syria, it is the Coun­cil it­self that is fool­ish and un­wor­thy of its name,” said Ha­ley.

“The United States con­tin­ues to eval­u­ate our mem­ber­ship in the Hu­man Rights Coun­cil. Our pa­tience is not un­lim­ited,” she added. “To­day’s ac­tions make clear that the or­ga­ni­za­tion lacks the cred­i­bil­ity needed to be a true ad­vo­cate for hu­man rights.”

One res­o­lu­tion passed, called on Is­rael to give the Golan Heights to civil war-torn Syria, with 25 votes in fa­vor, 14 against and 7 ab­sten­tions. Another, “en­sur­ing ac­count­abil­ity and jus­tice for all vi­o­la­tions of in­ter­na­tional law in the Oc­cu­pied Pales­tinian Ter­ri­tory, in­clud­ing east Jerusalem,” called upon mem­ber states not to sell any mil­i­tary ar­ma­ments to the Jewish state. It passed by a vote of 27 to 4 with 15 ab­sten­tions.

Three ad­di­tional res­o­lu­tions in­cluded one call­ing for Pales­tinian self-de­ter­mi­na­tion and Is­raeli with­drawal to the 1948 bor­der lines, a res­o­lu­tion call­ing on Is­rael to cease build­ing homes for Jews in Judea and Sa­maria, com­monly re­ferred to as the West Bank, and a res­o­lu­tion con­demn­ing Is­rael for com­mit­ting hu­man rights abuses against Pales­tini­ans. All the res­o­lu­tions, which were au­thored by the Or­ga­ni­za­tion of Is­lamic Co­op­er­a­tion, were ap­proved.

In ad­di­tion to the United States, Aus­tralia, and the United King­dom spoke out against UNHRC’s “Agenda Item 7,” re­quest­ing that the UNHRC move de­bates on Is­raeli vi­o­la­tions to “Agenda Item 4,” where hu­man rights abuses of all other mem­ber states ex­clud­ing Is­rael are cur­rently dis­cussed. The U.K. still sup­ported two of the “Agenda Item 7” res­o­lu­tions.

Pales­tinian Author­ity Am­bas­sador to the U.N. in Geneva Ibrahim Khraishi said if Is­rael wanted to abol­ish Agenda Item 7, it should with­draw to 1948 borders and “end the oc­cu­pa­tion.”

Is­raeli De­fense Min­is­ter Avig­dor Lieber­man said in a tweet that Is­rael “has no busi­ness be­ing in the UN’s Hu­man Rights Coun­cil.” He stated that its “pres­ence there gives le­git­i­macy to… anti-Semitic res­o­lu­tions, and the farce must end.”

Pales­tinian Author­ity Pres­i­dent Mah­moud Ab­bas ad­dresses a United Na­tions Hu­man Rights Coun­cil meet­ing Oct. 28, 2015, in Geneva, Switzer­land.

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