In a lengthy meeting on Saturday, the UN Human Rights Council approved five resolutions that condemn Israeli policies in areas such as the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights. US officials delivered harsh responses, citing the Council’s “anti-Israel bias.”

The meeting room of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva

The meeting room of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva Photo credit: Wikipedia

The UN Human Rights Council on Saturday approved five new resolutions against Israel’s policies, prompting sharp criticism from US officials.

The resolutions covered issues such as Israel’s treatment of Palestinians in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, its settlements in the West Bank and its alleged violations of human rights in the Golan Heights.

In a tweet posted by the US Mission to the UN, Ambassador Nikki Haley said, “When the Human Rights Council treats Israel worse than North Korea, Iran and Syria, it is the Council itself that is foolish and unworthy of its name. Today’s actions make clear that the organization lacks the credibility needed to be a true advocate for human rights.”

State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert tweeted a similar response, arguing that the Council “fails to fulfill its duty to uphold human rights around the world.” She added, “The anti-Israel bias must stop.”

In June 2017, Haley slammed the Council for its anti-Israel bias and threatened that the US may choose to leave it. “It is essential that this council address its chronic anti-Israel bias if it is to have any credibility,” she said. “The United States is looking very carefully at this council and our participation in it. We see some areas for significant strengthening.”