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Erekat: UK voting against UNHRC resolution gift to Israeli settler

Saturday 23/March/2019 - 11:18 AM
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The decision by the British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt to vote against a resolution on Palestine at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC)، on Friday، is a gift for the Israeli settlers and government، said Saeb Erekat، Secretary General of the Palestine Liberation Organization's (PLO) Executive Committee.

Jeremy Hunt wrote in an op-ed piece in the Jewish Chronicle said that items devoted to discussing rights abuses in the West Bank and Gaza have a “disproportionate and discriminatory” focus on Israel، and that the UK would oppose such discussions at the UNHRC.

Hunt wrote، “We will continue to press for the abolition of Item 7، which only undermines the credibility of the world’s leading human rights forum."

He added، “For too long، a permanent item on the Human Rights Council has been dedicated solely to Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Instead of promoting reconciliation and compromise، Item 7 strengthens the narrative that one side alone holds a monopoly on fault."

In response، Erekat wrote in a tweet on Twitter، “Announcement made by UK’s Jeremy Hunt regarding Britain’s opposition to the resolutions on Palestine to be voted tomorrow in HRC40 is a gift for Israeli settlers and the Israeli government.”

Erekat stressed، “The British government has consistently opposed any concrete step against the occupation."

Erekat also emphasized that by doing so “the British Government continues to strengthen Israel’s culture of impunity which is reflected on daily crimes and violations against international law، the land and the people of Palestine."

Edited by Rabea Yehia

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