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March 26, 2012 2:05 pm

Israel Will Not Allow UN Mission to Enter West Bank

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Israel's Foreign Minister, Avigdor Lieberman. Photo: wiki commons.

Israel is taking its decision to break ties with the UN Human Rights Council a step further.

A UN team working on behalf of the council will be barred from entering Israel and the West Bank, according to Israeli Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor.

“It means that we’re not going to work with them. We’re not going to let them carry out any kind of mission for the Human Rights Council, including this probe,” he said.  Israel decided to leave the council over the group’s acceptance of a resolution last week condemning Jewish construction in the West Bank and the council’s plan to send a “fact finding mission” to the area.

Israel’s ambassador to the United Nation in Geneva, where the Human Rights Council is based, will remain in Switzerland in order to continue work with other organizations but contact with the UNHRC has been suspended.

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