US: UNHRC puts 'disproportionate’ focus on Israel

March 19, 2013 21:03

The Obama administration refused to participate in a UN Human Rights Council meeting on Israeli settlements and slammed the body for its "disproportionate" focus on Israel.

The Geneva-based council on Monday debated a January special report on the settlements that called for Israel to immediately withdraw from the West Bank and suggested Israel may be liable for war crimes if it does not leave.

US delegates would not speak during the debate, according to DPA, the German news agency, and in separate comments Eileen Donahoe, the US ambassador to the body, said "the United States remains extremely troubled by this council's continued biased and disproportionate focus on Israel."

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