US Reportedly Will Leave UN Human Rights Council [VIDEO]

US Reportedly Will Leave UN Human Rights Council [VIDEO]

US Reportedly Will Leave UN Human Rights Council [VIDEO]

The report is out that the United States will be withdrawing from the United Nations’ Human Rights Council over what Ambassador Nikki Haley previously said was its “chronic anti-Israel bias” back in June 2017.

Nikki Haley delivered her highly-anticipated remarks to the council as it opens its three-week summer session in Geneva.

“It is essential that this council address its chronic anti-Israel bias if it is to have any credibility,” she said.

Reiterating concerns voiced by officials of President Donald Trump’s administration about the effectiveness of the 47-member body, Haley said the US was “looking carefully at this council and our participation in it.”’

She decried the “rapidly deteriorating human rights situation” in Venezuela, and said it was “hard to accept that this Council has never considered a resolution on Venezuela, and yet it adopted five biased resolutions in March against a single country, Israel.”

And things have definitely not improved greatly in a year. In fact, the reaction to the Gaza riots, that were timed to the US moving its embassy to Jerusalem, has only continued to highlight just how much institutional bias exists against Israel within the UN Human Rights Council.

Israel said … that it will not cooperate with an investigation ordered by the UN Human Rights Council into the IDF’s killing of Palestinians in violence on the Gaza border…

The US, one of two countries to vote against the investigation, called the move “another shameful day for human rights.”

The UN’s top human rights body voted through a resolution calling on the council to “urgently dispatch an independent, international commission of inquiry” after the deaths of some 60 Palestinians — the council’s highest-level of investigation. Almost all of the dead were members of Hamas, the terror group has acknowledged.

“We have no intention of cooperating,” Israel’s deputy foreign minister said.

The council voted 29 in favor and two against with 14 countries abstaining. Australia and the US were the two countries to oppose the decision. The council also condemned “the disproportionate and indiscriminate use of force by the Israeli occupying forces against Palestinian civilians.”

The inquiry mandated by the council will be asked to produce a final report next March.

Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely said Israel would not cooperate with the investigation.

“The UN Human Rights Council prefers to back Hamas instead of supporting Israel’s right to defend itself from terror,” tweeted Hotovely. “We have no intention of cooperating with an international investigative committee that wants to dictate results without a connection to facts.”

Israel completely rejected the decision, saying all that it proved was that the council had “an automatic anti-Israel majority, where hypocrisy and the absurd held sway.”

“The results of this investigation are a forgone conclusion and are written in the text of the decision itself,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement. “It is clear to all that the aim of this council is not to investigate the truth, but to undermine Israel’s right to self-defense and to uniquely demonize the Jewish state.”

Ambassador Haley has not been shy about pinning the responsibility for the Gaza chaos squarely on Hamas, and calling out those who are hyper-fixated on blaming Israel.

Haley’s speech did manage to get a majority of yes votes…

… but looking at the image, the number of abstentions to the US amendment spells the real truth of the situation, and it’s that a lot of countries are too cowardly to vote for anything that might remotely support Israel.

The UN Human Rights Council – which has famously allowed such beacons of human rights like Venezuela, China, and Saudi Arabia to be on the council – is a joke. The Bush administration refused to join it when it was created in 2006, but the Obama administration did join the council. If the decision to stay or go rests with Nikki Haley, this might be the final straw.

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