UN Human Rights Council 370.
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Members of the United Nations Human Rights Council gathered in Geneva on Monday, for a debate on Palestinian human rights in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem. The discussion, which forms part of the 23rd session of the Human Rights Council, included a report on Israeli actions in the Palestinian territories by its special investigator Richard Falk, who has come under repeated criticism for his remarks on Israel, most recently his claims that Israel was to blame for the terror attack at the Boston marathon.
The United Nations Human Rights Council (Photo: Reuters)
Falk predictably lambasted Israel for its "annexationist policies", winning praise from Qatar, Pakistan, South Africa, Algeria and Indonesia.
Jordan, meanwhile, said it supports the Palestinians' right to a state, but within the framework of a final settlement with Israel. The European Union representative, however, said that the body did not favor Falk's report, but that the EU agrees Israeli actions in the West Bank and east Jerusalem are wrong.
Also speaking was Austrian President Heinz Fischer, in a high-level appearance for such a debate.