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June 28, 2016 3:25 pm

Western Nations Boycott UN Council’s Permanent Agenda Item on Israel

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The United Nations Human Rights Council, in the Palace of Nations (Geneva). Western nations refused to participate in the Agenda Item 7 debate at the UNHRC in Geneva. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

The United Nations Human Rights Council, in the Palace of Nations (Geneva). Western nations refused to participate in the Agenda Item 7 debate at the UNHRC in Geneva. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.org – Western nations on Monday refused to participate in the Agenda Item 7 debate at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva. The debate is a permanent agenda item that mandates discussion of any possible Israeli human rights abuses against Palestinians.

Agenda Item 7 is debated three times a year. For the last three years, Israel has been asking countries to boycott the debate on the agenda item. In the past, some Western states have participated in the debate, including a few European nations, but this time those countries opted out. The United States has always boycotted the Agenda Item 7 debate.

Pakistan’s deputy representative to the UN, Aamar Aftab Qureshi, urged “all member states to actively participate in Agenda Item 7,” adding that the UNHRC’s credibility was undermined by Western nations’ absence.

The UN’s 54-member regional African Group spoke out against Israel during Monday’s debate, citing alleged violations of Palestinian rights. At the same time, Israel’s government is set to approve a NIS 50 million ($13 million) package to improve economic ties with Africa ahead of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to that continent next week.

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  • gandolf

    ” 54-member regional African Group spoke out against Israel ”

    Israel does more for Africa than any Muslim state after all the Muslims states do back Muslims terrorism in Africa . Yet Africans flee Africa go through Egypt just to reach Israel. To be safe .

    all muslims ststes did was use Africans as slaves to be bought and sold and still do .

    who is killing Africans? Jews or muslims , and there you go.

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