Israel May Quit the UN Human Rights Council (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gavriel Queenann 03/23/12)
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Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Friday he may recall the
Israeli ambassador to the UN Human Rights Council and cut ties with
His remarks came after the 47-member council voted to establish a
fact-finding mission to probe the "effects of settlements on
Palestinian human rights."
Lieberman also said Israel may choose not to cooperate with the
council in its investigation, adding that he plans to ask the US to
quit the council as well.
The resolution to “investigate the implications” of the settlements
on “the Palestinian people throughout the Occupied Palestinian
Territory, including east Jerusalem” was passed by a vote of 36 to 1,
with 10 abstentions.
Europe was divided on the fact-finding mission, with Norway,
Switzerland, Belgium, Austria and Russia voting for the measure.
Italy, Spain, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania and
Other countries with whom Israel has good ties who voted for the
measure were Angola, Nigeria, Uganda, China, India, the Philippines,
Thailand, Chile, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay. Guatemala, Costa Rica and
The UN Human Rights Council also adopted four other resolutions
condemning Israel on Thursday. Only the US voted against the raft of
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu reacted to the decision on
Thursday, saying the council is “hypocritical” and should be “ashamed
of itself.” (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 03/23/12)
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