UN Human Rights Council calls for arms embargo against Israel

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The UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Jun 6, 2017. (photo: Denis Balibouse / Reuters)

The council approved five resolutions aimed at Israel’s violations of International Law.

By Tovah Lazaroff | The Jerusalem Post | Mar 23, 2018


“We continue to be alarmed by the treatment of Palestinian minors in Israeli military detention. We have also seen horrific terrorist violence against Israelis, which must be condemned in the strongest terms. All of this gravely undermines the viability of a two-state solution.”
—  UK representative to the UN Human Rights Council


The United Nations Human Rights Council called on the international community to halt arms sales to Israel as it wrapped up its month-long 37th session in Geneva.

It approved five anti-Israel resolutions, including one called “Ensuring accountability and justice for all violations of international law in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem.”

By a 27 to 4 vote, with 15 abstentions, the UNHRC called upon “all states to promote compliance under international law” with regard to Israeli actions.

It asked the states to do so “by ensuring that their public authorities and private entities do not become involved in internationally unlawful conduct, inter alia the provision of arms to end users known or likely to use the arms in the commission of serious violations of international humanitarian and/or human rights law.”

Support for a resolution that called on Israel to withdraw from the Golan Heights was similarly low. It passed by 25 votes to 14 and 7 abstentions.

Resolutions on Palestinian self-determination calling for an Israeli withdrawal to the pre-1967 lines as well as one that called on Israel to halt settlement activity and another that condemned it for human rights abuses against the Palestinians were also approved.

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