On Wednesday, at the forty-sixth session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, the global entity, with support from the European Union passed four Anti-Israel resolutions condemning Israel’s settlement activity in the West Bank and other policies.
Among the four resolutions that were passed, the Council adopted a resolution on what is called the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination, by a vote of 42 in favor, including major European Union countries; 3 against, including the UK and Northern Ireland and the Czech Republic; and 2 abstentions from Cameroon and Malawi. The resolution called upon Israel, to immediately end its “occupation” of the Palestinian territory, including in eastern Jerusalem. Additionally, the UNHRC further reaffirmed its support for a two-state solution, for a Palestinian state and Israel to live side by side in peace and security.
The “vote on four anti-Israel resolutions at the UNHRC represents a moral stain on the UN, and is additional proof of the hypocrisy of those countries who supported these resolutions,” said Lior Haiat, spokesperson of Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Twitter. “Instead of acting to advance human rights across the world, the Council continues to engage in an obsessive and biased manner against Israel, effectively being a political platform in the hands of countries who have absolutely no connection to human rights. The votes are an additional proof that the UNHRC is distorted and in need of fundamental reforms.”
With respect to the “Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and in the occupied Syrian Golan” — which was passed by a vote of 36 in favor, 3 against, and 8 abstentions — the Council urged Israel to stop “all actions causing the alteration of the character, status and demographic composition” in those areas. Again, the UK and the Czech Republic voted against the resolution. “The State of Israel will continue to promote its democratic values and protect its interests in the international arena,” he added.
Responding to the biased resolutions, B’nai B’rith International President Charles O. Kaufman and CEO Daniel S. Mariaschin condemned the UNHRC for the “passage of four anti-Israel resolutions — more than those targeting any other country in the world — as part of its rote, institutionalized discrimination against the world’s only Jewish state and the Middle East’s only democracy.”