Israel invited to join UN Human Rights Council after 18-month absence

( Israel was invited to join the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHCR) through a deal with European states to join their bloc.

In May 2012, Israel severed ties with the UNHCR after the body announced it would investigate West Bank Jewish communities. Since 2008, the body has passed 45 resolutions against Israel, more than any other country. On Monday, Israel was invited to join the council’s Western European and Others Group, contingent on Israel’s permitting itself to undergo the council’s Universal Periodic Human Rights Review.

Before leaving the UNHCR, Israel was not part of a regional group, leaving it exposed to unfettered criticism from the council’s Islamic states, which dominate the Asian and African blocs.

Posted on November 29, 2013 .