UNHRC debates boycotting Israeli settlements

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March 20, 2017 09:56

Out of the 41 resolutions before the UNHRC, 12 deal with human rights situations in individual countries. Five of those resolutions are focused on Israeli actions.




THE OPENING of the 24th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

THE OPENING of the 24th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.. (photo credit:(ERIC BRIDIERS/US MISSION GENEVA))

The United Nations Human Rights Council debated a resolution on Monday demanding that the international community boycott Israeli settlements.

It’s one of four pro-Palestinian resolutions the council will likely adopt at the end of this week when it wraps up its 34th session.


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A fifth resolution condemning Israel for human-rights violations on the Golan Heights is also expected to be approved.

Out of the 41 resolutions before the UNHRC, 12 deal with human-rights situations in individual countries. Five of those resolutions are focused on Israeli actions. The other seven resolutions deal with Syria, Iran, Libya, Sri Lanka, North Korea, Myanmar and South Sudan.

The resolutions condemning Israeli activity will be debated Monday, under Agenda Item 7, as it is mandated to do at every UNHRC session. Israel is the only country against which there is such a mandate.

The resolutions call on Israel to end settlement activity and demand that Israel fully withdraw to the pre-1967 borders.

Resolution A_HRC_34_L.41, which mandates a boycott of Israeli settlements, calls on UN member states to “distinguish, in their relevant dealings, between the territory of the State of Israel and the territories occupied since 1967.”

This includes the West Bank, east Jerusalem and the Golan Heights.

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