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Israel To Join U.N.
Human Rights Council
Israel will join for the first
time a regional group within the United
Nations Human Rights Council as part
of a deal to improve the U.N. body's
relations with the Jewish state.
The council's Western European and
Others Group (WEOG) member states
have voted in favor of Israel's admit-
The European states had agreed
to welcome Israel into their midst in
exchange for the Jewish state's return
to the council and its participation in
its Universal Periodic Human Rights
Israel had left the council a year and a
half ago to protest its bias against it.
Since 2006, the council has passed
27 resolutions criticizing Israel and
has convened 19 special sessions, six
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item 7, "the human rights situation in
Palestine and other occupied Arab ter-
U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon
and several Western nations have criti-
cized the council for singling Israel out
Admission to the group would allow
Israel to participate with all other U.N.
member states in receiving regular
briefings and would enable it to have
a say in the selection of council inves-
tigators, said Hillel Neuer, director of
U.N. Watch, an NGO that monitors the
"More than anything, admission for
Israel would be a sign of equal treat-
ment, removing what has been an ugly
stain of bigotry upon the reputation of
However, he added, "it will not
detract from the Arab states' continued
ability to target Israel in resolutions,
urgent sessions and a special agenda
Australia, Canada, Germany and France
sent a letter to the U.N.'s institutions in
Geneva and to the ambassador of Spain,
who heads the WEOG, telling them to
finally admit Israel into their circle.
On Oct. 29, Israel participated in the
council's so-called Universal Periodic
Review, during which it was widely crit-
icized for alleged human rights abuses.
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