US Secretary of State John Kerry gestures during a news conference after he delivered remarks to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva March 2.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
The Palestinian Authority on Tuesday criticized US Secretary of State John Kerry for defending Israel at the United Nations Human Rights Council.
On Monday, Kerry accused the Council of being obsessed by allegations of Israeli abuses and said the US would defend Israel against efforts to isolate it.
Kerry’s remarks came during a speech
to the Council in Geneva.
In response, the PA Foreign Ministry called on Kerry to stop dealing with Israel as if it were a state “above the law.” The ministry said that Kerry’s remarks contradicted the principles and mission of the Human Rights Council.
Secretary Kerry at the UN Human Rights Council
The ministry accused Kerry of ignoring international condemnations of Israel and “daily Israeli transgressions against the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip, West Bank and Jerusalem.”
It said Israeli transgressions and crimes include “settlements, the Judaization of Jerusalem, assassinations, releasing dogs against residents and children, the burning of (east Jerusalem teenager) Muhammad Abu Khdeir and the crimes in the Gaza Strip.”