U.K. promises to vote against anti-Israel resolutions at UNHRC
The UK has promised to honor its pledge to oppose anti-Israel resolutions at the United Nations Human Rights Council.
In a piece written for The Jewish Chronicle, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said that items devoted to discussing rights abuses in the West Bank and Gaza have a “disproportionate and discriminatory” focus on Israel, and that the UK would oppose such discussions at the UNHRC.
“We will continue to press for the abolition of Item 7, which only undermines the credibility of the world’s leading human rights forum,” he wrote in The JC op-ed. “For too long, a permanent item on the Human Rights Council has been dedicated solely to Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Instead of promoting reconciliation and compromise, Item 7 strengthens the narrative that one side alone holds a monopoly on fault.”
He added that he believes “this disproportionate and discriminatory focus on Israel undermines the credibility of the world’s leading human rights forum and obstructs the quest for peace in the Middle East. That is why the UK will be opposing every Item 7 resolution at the HRC.”
Item 7 on the UNHRC agenda focuses on the “Human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories.” It is listed as a permanent feature of the council’s agenda.