UN Human Rights Council Approves 3 Anti-Israel Resolutions

The UN Human Rights Council approved three anti-Israel resolutions on Wednesday. The U.S. was the only opposing vote.

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Hana Levi Julian, | updated: 17:10

UN head Ban Ki-Moon (left) with Abbas
UN head Ban Ki-Moon (left) with Abbas
Israel news photo: Flash 90

The United Nations Human Rights Council approved three anti-Israel resolutions on Wednesday, in addition to a resolution supporting the “right to self-determination” of Palestinian Authority Arabs. The three resolutions included language referring to the “occupied Syrian Golan” and also focused on Israel’s treatment of PA Arabs in Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem.

The United States was the only country voting to oppose the four resolutions.

On Thursday, the Council was set to approve the creation of a committee to monitor compliance with the Goldstone Report by Israel and the Palestinian Authority. 

The Goldstone Report accused Israel of committing war crimes and possibly crimes against humanity during its counter terrorism campaign, Operation Cast Lead, conducted in Gaza from December 2008 to January 2009. The report barely acknowledged the cause of the operation – namely, eight years and nearly 10,000 Kassam rocket and shelling attacks from Hamas at Israeli civilians in the western Negev.

The U.S. Ambassador to the Council, Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe, stood up for the Jewish State in the Geneva chamber and scolded the international body for its “permanent agenda item focused on one country.”

“We are deeply troubled to be presented once again with a slate of resolutions so replete with controversial elements and one-sided references that they shed no light and offer no redress for the real challenges in the region,” she told the representatives. “The Council is too often exploited as a platform from which to single out Israel, which undermines its credibility.

“The U.S. strongly encourages the Council to seek an alternative to highly politicized resolutions and a permanent agenda item focused on one country,” she added.

Israeli Ambassador to the U.N. Aharon Leshno-Ya’ar expressed his appreciation for America’s support, noting, “We have witnessed today another anti-Israeli show.”

The majority of the condemnations and censures of the 47-member UNHRC since it was established by the United Nations in 2006 have been aimed at Israel.