Israel UN council on settlements is biased

first_img Top Stories Comments   Share   Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates The U.N. already considers Israeli settlements illegal under international law.Some 500,000 Israelis live in the West Bank and Jerusalem, territory that Israel captured in the 1967 Mideast war from Jordan.West Bank settlements are a core dispute between Israelis and Palestinians.Palestinians claim the West Bank as part of their future state and object to any settlements there.Settlers view the territory as Israel’s biblical heartland.The issue has paralyzed peace talks for years. Palestinians refuse to resume negotiations until Israel halts settlement construction. Israel says talks should resume without preconditions.________Associated Press writer John Heilprin contributed to this report from Geneva(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Israel called the action “flawed and biased” and said it will not cooperate with the mission.“The mission’s existence embodies the inherent distortion that typifies the UNHRC treatment of Israel and the hijacking of the important human rights agenda by non-democratic countries,” Israel’s foreign ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor said.The UN Human Rights Council, that has a large representation of Arab and Muslim regimes, has long been criticized for heavily focusing on Israel while doing little regarding places where people suffer from serious state violations of their human rights.Israel severed ties with the Council after the Geneva-based 47-nation council passed a resolution in March to establish such a probe.“Israel was left with no other choice than to take this decision, after it became apparent that putting the disproportionate focus on Israel, while systematically ignoring massive human rights violations in the very countries who bear responsibility for this focus, only leads to the contempt and degradation of the important cause of universal human rights,” Palmor said.“One example among many: in times when president Assad’s regime massacres thousands of its own people, the UNHRC only dedicates it symbolic time, as if to go through the motions, while turning its resources to obsessively focus on Israel, yet again,” he said. 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Associated PressJERUSALEM (AP) – A U.N. Human Rights Council mission on West Bank settlements is “flawed and biased,” Israel said Friday, accusing the rights body of corruption for again singling out the Jewish state while “systematically ignoring massive human rights violations” elsewhere.The U.N.’s top human rights body appointed three officials Friday afternoon to conduct a fact-finding mission on how Israel’s West Bank settlements affect the lives of Palestinians. The Council president, Uruguay Ambassador Laura Dupuy Lasserre, named three women to the panel: Christine Chanet of France, Unity Dow of Botswana and Asma Jahangir of Pakistan. Dupuy Lasserre said their mission will be to look how the Israeli settlements impact “the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of the Palestinian people.” Sponsored Stories last_img

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