Published: Jan. 30, 2013 at 2:30 AM
GENEVA, Switzerland, Jan. 30 (UPI) — Israel became the first country to boycott a required U.N. review of countries’ human-rights practices, citing what it called the body’s strong bias against it.
Israel’s vow not to cooperate with the U.N. Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, followed its cutting of all ties with the 47-member council in last March after the body announced it would probe how Israeli illegal settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem might infringe on Palestinian rights.
“That was the last straw after we had to endure systematic abuse and marginalization for years,” Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor told The Washington Post. “They have held more meetings and taken more decisions on Israel than on all the other countries put together. Israel, and only Israel, is a permanent agenda item.”
The United States, Canada and the European Union have accused the council of focusing disproportionately on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.