Israel Political Brief June 6, 2013: Palestinians slam Israel despite move to restore UNHRC ties

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Palestinians slam Israel despite move to restore UNHRC ties

Source: Jerusalem Post, 6-7-13

At UN Human Rights Council debate, US, Canada welcome Israel’s letter expressing a desire to re-engage with council after having cut ties; PLO representative: An exchange of letters can not be considered effective engagement….READ MORE

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Israel Political Brief January 30, 2013: Israel to boycott UN Human Rights Council review

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Israel to boycott UNHRC review

Source: Ynet News, 1-30-13

A diplomatic crisis in the making? In an unprecedented move, Israel announced that it will boycott a regular review by the UN’s Human Rights Council….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief March 23, 2012: Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman: Israel might withdraw from UN Human Rights Council

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Liberman: Israel might withdraw from U.N. Human Rights Council

Source: JTA, 3-23-12

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman reportedly said he might recall Israel’s ambassador to the U.N. Human Rights Council after the council voted 36-1 to investigate the effects of Jewish settlements on Palestinians.

Liberman also said Israel would not cooperate with the fact-finding mission established by the council to probe settlements, the Jerusalem Post reported.

On Thursday, the council passed a resolution, with 10 abstentions, to investigate how Israeli settlement construction affects Palestinian human rights. The United States was the only country to vote against the resolution.

“This is a hypocritical council with an automatic majority against Israel,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday. “This council ought to be ashamed of itself.”

The Israeli leader noted that the council has made 91 decisions, 39 of which dealt with Israel, three with Syria and one with Iran.

“One only had to hear the Syrian representative speak today about human rights in order to understand how detached from reality the council is,” he said.

The decision requires the council to “dispatch an independent international fact-finding mission, to be appointed by the President of the Human Rights Council, to investigate the implications of the Israeli settlements on the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of the Palestinian people throughout the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem.” The mission will generate a report for the council.

The council on Thursday approved five resolutions critical of Israel, including implementing the Goldstone report on the Gaza war and criticizing Israel’s occupation of the Golan Heights.

The resolution on the settlements, which calls on Israel to cooperate in the investigation, also called on Israel to prevent settler violence against Palestinians in the West Bank.

A U.S. representative to the council said the U.S. is “deeply troubled by this council’s bias against Israel.”

Full Text Israel Political Brief March 22, 2012: PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s Reponse to the UN Human Rights Council Decision

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PM Netanyahu Reponse to Today’s Decision by the UN Human Rights Council

Source: PMO, 3-22-12

Following is Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s response to the decision of the IUN Human Rights Council:

“This is hypocritical council with an automatic majority against Israel.  This council ought to be ashamed of itself.  Until today, the council has made 91 decisions, 39 of which dealt with Israel, three with Syria and one with Iran.  One only had to hear the Syrian representative speak today about human rights in order to understand how detached from reality the council is.  Another proof of its detachment from reality came last week when it invited before it a representative of Hamas, an organization whose ideology is based on the murder of innocents.”

 

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