Israel's Response to the UN Human Rights Commission Resolution, April 18, 2001
(Communicated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesperson)
Jerusalem, 18 April 2001
Israel rejects the resolution, which was passed today (April 18)
at the annual session of the Human Rights Commission in Geneva,
with the participation of 53 states.
The resolution concerning human rights violations in the
territories, which was passed with the backing of the Arab
countries and their supporters is not balanced. This resolution
condemns one side while ignoring the continuing violence
orchestrated by the Palestinians who chose not to continue peace
negotiations after the Camp David Summit.
Instead of encouraging the Palestinians to resolve disagreements
through negotiations, this one-sided resolution encourages them
to continue the process of internationalization of the conflict,
along with the use of violence and terrorism.
Israel has been repeatedly unfairly singled out at the commission
on Human Rights. The only agenda item devoted to a specific state
relates to Israel and Israel alone. We are deprived of a the
right to become a member of any regional grouping, thus we also
cannot be a full member of this Commission.
- See news report: "UN rights forum condemns Israel", Ha'aretz, Apr 19,
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UN rights forum condemns Israel
By Aluf Benn
Ha'aretz Correspondent and Agencies 19 April 2001
The United Nations forum for human rights, meeting in Geneva, strongly
condemned Israel's "disproportionate" use of force in the West Bank and the
Gaza Strip against the Palestinians, and called on it to stop building new
However, a group of Arab states failed to rally support from the European
Union for a sharp rebuke of Israel for its actions in the territories. The
European Union abstained from the vote, but resolutions against Israel were
passed predominantly by developing countries.
The UN Commission on Human Rights overwhelmingly adopted three resolutions
on the Middle East in a public roll-call vote.
In addition to the U.S., only Guatemala voted against the resolutions, while
22 countries supported them. The European Union countries, Canada, Brazil
and Russia, abstained. Israel has no voting rights in the body, only
The body voted on three resolutions, which condemned Israel for violating
Palestinian human rights in the territories, by "indiscriminate and
disproportionate" use of violence. Special criticism was directed against
the policy of assassinations of senior Palestinian activists by Israeli
security forces. The commission also passed a resolution calling on Israel
to withdraw from all the territories it has occupied since 1967.
The Foreign Ministry rejected the accusations, describing them as "biased.
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