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Netanyahu - UNHRC 'hypocritical'

2012-03-22 22:39

Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday slammed as "hypocritical" a UN Human Rights Council resolution, which ordered a first probe into Israeli settlements.

"This council has an automatic majority hostile to Israel and is hypocritical," Netanyahu was quoted as saying in a statement released by his office.

The Israeli premier added that the UN Human Rights Council "should be ashamed of itself".

The 47-member council approved earlier a resolution ordering a first probe into how Israeli settlements may be infringing on the rights of the Palestinian people.

With 36 in favour, 10 members abstained and one voted against it.

Comments
  • Fred - 2012-03-23 00:29

    Israel should stop building in these areas as a gesture for peace. It had gone too far on occasion in defending itself, under great duress and against the backdrop of the Holocaust, a real horrifying event. But to suggest it has infringed on the rights of the Palestinians who are attacking Israel almost daily, incited and funded by unelected dictators, is plain wrong.

      Jaba - 2012-03-23 06:28

      to hell with the UNHRC, Libya’s Gaddafi' regime was actually a member of the council until recently, and other serial human rights abusers still sit on the bord...

      jowza1 - 2012-03-24 12:21

      Jaba,by human rights abusers you mean israel and america?

  • Fred - 2012-03-23 01:27

    Israel should stop building in these areas as a gesture for peace. It has gone too far on occasion in defending itself, under great duress and against the backdrop of the Holocaust, a real horrifying event. But to suggest it has infringed on the rights of the Palestinians who are attacking Israel almost daily, incited and funded by unelected dictators, is plain wrong.

  • Jaba - 2012-03-23 06:27

    According to San Remo declaration, Israel is acting within its rights. The land is not occupied, its disputed. According to Resolution 242 also Israelis not acting illegally. The UN's Human Rights Council is provoking a fight with this one sided approach. The UN is biased against Israel and biased in favour of Hamas. The UN has a highly spurious credibility where its own actions in the context of international law and human rights is concerned. You can't make peace like this. First you have to take down HAMAS.

  • Larry - 2012-03-23 06:41

    The real hypocrisy and glaring irony is that Human rights abuses is being investigated in West Bank Jewish neighborhoods, while thousands of innocent Syrian civilians, including women and children are being ethnically cleansed with tank bombardments and sniper fire by their own government military forces. In any event, Jewish settlements in the disputed territory take up 2% of the West Bank and the Arab population in the West Bank only settle 40% of the territory. The Arab problem is not about space, its about having Jews in their territory. This is zenophobic and racist. If Arabs can live safely and securely in Democratic Israel, then Jews should be able to live in Palestinian territories and one day future Palestinian state.

      Anneck - 2012-03-23 08:37

      Not to mention Somalia. Thing is the UN are too scared to go into places like these so they pick a soft target like Israel. The head of this investigation is probably Muslim too.

  • Anneck - 2012-03-23 08:34

    Why should Israel stop building settlements in it's OWN city? The UN is toothless anyway, they couldn't even remove Robert Mugabe for HIS human rights abuses.

  • Muenda - 2012-03-23 08:35

    The American sponsored Zionists. They are just not genuine Jews. The voices of the real jews are not given ateention in Isreal. These jews are aginst continous degradation of the Palestinian people; they do not support Bibi and cabal's hawkish policies. Fact: the Zionist are intelligent barbarics.

      Anneck - 2012-03-23 08:47

      And when Muenda speaks, we listen! Especially when it's his OWN made up fact.

      Boaz - 2012-03-23 09:30

      While further discussion of this is unnecessary, I wanted to bring some historic facts into this conversation. While I won't dive into overwhelming amounts of archaeological evidence, proving existence of Israel as Jewish country thousands of years ago, I'll discuss the more recent events: • 1917 Until 1917 the Ottoman Empire (present day Turks) occupied the entire region (for a duration of 500 years). Having lost in World War I, the ottomans relinquished their control to the allied forces (Britain, France...). The allied forces split the region into parts (with the intention of making it difficult for the ottoman to regain control). At this point Britain, recognizing Jewish historical ownership of Israel, has decided to give Jews a small part of the land, roughly .5%; this land was 4 times the size of what Israel is today. •

      Boaz - 2012-03-23 09:30

      1947 The British mandate ended, and in 1947 the same United Nations General assembly passed resolution 181, to partition the land into 2 states (Jewish and Arab). Jews accepted the resolution and in 1948 established the state of Israel, while the Arabs went to war. Consequently, a cease fire line was formed (depicting what people today refer to as the 1967 border). Arabs refused to accept the line as a border, moreover, they refused to accept the Jewish state (meaning, the resolution was thrown away). • 1967 In 1967 yet another war erupted as Israel was attacked from each side. In conclusion of the war Israel stayed in the west bank territory. Since the territory was not occupied by any sovereign party (not to mention one that was internationally accepted), the land could not, and still cannot, be considered as “occupied”. At the very best, one could say that the land is “disputed”. As to the terms “Palestine” and “Palestinian”, was there ever an Arab nation or state by that name?

      Jaba - 2012-03-23 09:56

      Israel's position has always been that the true Palestinians are the Jewish people, and that the ersatz "Palestinians" did not define themselves as "Palestinians" until 1965. They are not indigenous to the region; the Jews, on the other hand, are. Their history goes back nearly six thousand years -- it does not matter how long many have had to live in exile. It is still their country, and although they were more than willing to live peacefully side-by-side with the Arabs, The Arabs have indicated that they have no interest in so doing. Six wars and seven decades of terror have been more than enough, don't you think?

      Fred - 2012-03-23 19:53

      All Jews trace their lineage back to Abraham. As far as barbarism is concerned, that's rich and ignorant coming from a sympathizer of unelected tyrants who openly butcher their populations and use the Palestinians to distract their populations from their disenfranchised state.

      Africa21stcentury - 2012-03-24 20:00

      The two sides of Patrick; ""No one is denying Jews their place"" ""The world would be a better place if Jews were removed from all walks of life"" Patrick========our resident bullsh.tter, FULL OF HATRED !!!!!!!!

  • Boaz - 2012-03-23 09:13

    Many of the nations serving on the United Nations Human Rights Council are among the worst abusers of human rights in the world. Its current membership includes Angola, Bangladesh, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, China, Congo, Cuba, Indonesia, Jordan, Kuwait, Libya, Malaysia, Nigeria, Qatar, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Senegal and Uganda. What interesting is that a Pakistani "envoy" presented the resolution. Pakistan is not a member of the HRC. What is more interesting is that the HRC is not busying itself with the deplorable situation in Syria. Israel is right to tell the HRC to shove it. Deny each and every HRC "envoy" entry into Israel, and treat this whole absurdity like the joke that it is. Flick 'em away. Nothing they can do about it, and it is more than hight time to put that ridiculous and completely useless agency in its place.

      Fred - 2012-03-23 19:55

      Patrick, you're on record as saying, "The world would be a better place if the Jews were removed from all walks of life". You're trying to hide THAT now.

  • Paul - 2012-03-24 04:10

    Its a probe - not an invasion. Why the reaction if theres nothing to hide?

      Jaba - 2012-03-24 10:57

      this is anti-Israel propaganda - not a prob. there is nothing to hide

      Anneck - 2012-03-24 11:11

      @Paul, a probe into what Israel is doing in it's own cities; how is that abuse of human rights? What nobody seems to understand is this is a very subtle invasion of Israeli territory by Palestinians that had no land in the first place to begin with - thanks to Arab leaders that encouraged them to leave!

      jowza1 - 2012-03-24 12:25

      anneck and jaba,when you lie all the time you tend to believe your own lies

      Anneck - 2012-03-24 15:51

      No Jowza1, Jaba and myself are just a tad more smarter than you.

      Anneck - 2012-03-24 23:11

      Patrick, look whose talking. You're not bad yourself!

      Anneck - 2012-03-25 20:45

      Patrick, then it's little wonder how little you actually know. Get yourself a Bible. You just might be shocked at what has been foretold of today's events in that area. And you may come to realise who the real idiot is.

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