Ongoing anti-Israel efforts at the UNHRC as Council adopts 5 resolutions against Israel; Britain: We are putting the Human Rights Council on notice.
The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) adopted five anti-Israel resolutions on Friday during its 34th session.
The resolutions were passed despite the United States vocally calling on the Council to end its anti-Israel efforts and threatening to leave the Council over the past two months, as well as votes against all resolutions from the United States on Friday.
Britain issued a warning to the Council Friday, stating “Our enduring commitment to the universality of rights is also our source of enduring disappointment with the Council’s bias against Israel… We are putting the Human Rights Council on notice. 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.”
It addressed one of the resolutions passed entitled “Human rights in the occupied Syrian Golan”, Britain responded harshly stating following the meeting of the Council “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. We cannot accept the perverse message sent out by a Syria Golan resolution that singles out Israel, as Assad continues to slaughter the Syrian people.”
One of the resolutions passed condemned Israeli settlement construction with three of the resolutions passed concerning Palestinians in the West Bank, east Jerusalem and Gaza Strip.
Earlier this month, US State Department Deputy Assistant Secretary Erin Barclay reported that the United States “remains deeply troubled by the Council’s [UNHRC] consistent unfair and unbalanced focus on one democratic country, Israel,” and that “In order for this Council to have any credibility, let alone success, it must move away from its unbalanced and unproductive positions.” She stated that the Trump Administration is considering “our future engagements, my government will be considering the Council’s actions with an eye toward reform to more fully achieve the Council’s mission to protect and promote human rights.”