U.N. Human Rights Council debates 5 anti-Israel resolutions; only 1 each against Syria, Iran

U.N. Human Rights Council debates 5 anti-Israel resolutions; only 1 each against Syria, Iran

The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) debated five anti-Israel resolutions on Monday, including a resolution calling for a boycott of Israeli business in the West Bank and in eastern Jerusalem, the Jerusalem Post reported

The resolution calls on member states “to take appropriate measures…including by terminating their business interests in the settlements, to ensure that their activities do not have an adverse impact on the human rights of the Palestinian people.”

Israel is the only country in this upcoming 25th session in Geneva this month against which there are five resolutions pending. Other anti-Israel resolutions debated focus on alleged human rights violations in the same areas, in addition to the Golan Heights. A Pakistani official urged the UNHRC to create a commission of inquiry into Israeli treatment of Palestinian prisoners and detainees, adding that all Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails should be released.

At the same time, the UNHRC is voting on only one resolution regarding Syria, where more than 120,000 people have been killed since the beginning of the country’s civil war, and where human rights violations, including use of chemical weapons, have been rampant. 

The Human Rights Council will also vote on only one resolution regarding Iran, which has been implicated in terror operations, arms smuggling, rocket fire against civilians by its proxies in Lebanon and Gaza, operating in Syria’s civil war, crushing opposition political activities, and where 80 people have been executed so far this year. Iran is also widely believed to be developing nuclear weapons and has made threats to destroy Israel, a U.N. member state.

Richard Falk, the outgoing rabidly anti-Israel UNHRC Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Palestinian Territories, delivered his last report.

He called on the UN to ask the International Court of Justice at The Hague to issue an advisory as to whether Israel’s “occupation” of Palestinian territories meets the legal standard of “colonialism, apartheid and ethnic cleansing.”