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Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 10.04 GMT
Israel cuts all ties with UNHRC over settlement row


Israel is halting all cooperation with the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHCR) following the council’s decision to launch a fact-finding mission into the country’s settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

“We’re stopping all and any cooperation with the council,” a senior Israeli Foreign Ministry official said Monday, The Times of Israel reports.

“From now on, we will no longer work together in any way, shape or form with any officials from the council, including the High Commissioner,” he continued. “If anyone from the council calls us, we just won’t answer the phone."

Following the announcement of the fact finding mission, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu said the council should be ashamed of itself, calling it a hypocritical council with an automatic majority against Israel, the Haaretz daily cites him as saying.

Last Thursday, the UNHCR voted to send a mission to investigate the implications of the Israeli settlements on the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of the Palestinian people throughout the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem. This mission would be first international probe into the impact of settlements in the West Bank, Jerusalem and the Syrian Golan on Palestinian rights.

The UNHRC also called on Israel to cooperate fully with the mission.
The 47-member body adopted the draft resolution with 36 votes in favor and 10 abstentions. The United States was the only country to vote against it.






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