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UK Puts UN Human Rights Council ‘on Notice’ for Anti-Israel Bias

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The meeting room at the UN Human Rights Council headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Photo: Ludovic Courtès via Wikimedia Commons. – United Kingdom officials put the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) “on notice” Friday after the council passed a series of resolutions singling out Israel for its policies towards the Palestinians while ignoring other human rights violations elsewhere.

“Today we are putting the Human Rights Council on notice,” UK Ambassador Julian Braithwaite told the UNHRC during the closing moments of its latest session. The group had approved four resolutions that condemned Israeli policies towards the Palestinians and called on the Jewish state to return control of the Golan Heights back to Syria.

“If things do not change, in the future we will adopt a policy of voting against all resolutions concerning Israel’s conduct in the Occupied Syrian and Palestinian Territories,” Braithwaite said.

The statement by the UK comes three days after the London terror attack that killed three and injured dozens more, which also bared a striking resemblance to similar car ramming and stabbing attacks that have plagued Israel over the last few years.

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“According to the [Middle East] Quartet’s report last year, there were 250 terrorist attacks, leading to the deaths of at least 30 Israelis,” Braithwaite said. “Yet neither ‘terrorism’ nor ‘incitement’ were a focus of this week’s council discussions and resolutions. This is not acceptable,” he added.

Similar to the UK, the United States has also recently threatened to pull out of the UNHRC if it continues its anti-Israel bias. Just this week, the US also announced it would boycott the UNHRC’s “Agenda Item Seven” session, which mandates the council to discuss alleged Israeli human rights abuses against the Palestinians at every session.

Braithwaite also took issue with it, saying that “nowhere is the disproportionate focus on Israel starker and more absurd than in the case of today’s resolution on the occupation of Syria’s Golan. Syria’s regime butchers and murders its people on a daily basis. But it is not Syria that is a permanent standing item on the Council’s agenda; it is Israel.”

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