U.N. Human Rights Council debates 5 anti-Israel resolutions, 1 Syria resolution

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(JNS.org) The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) debated five anti-Israel resolutions on Monday. One of the resolutions calls to boycott Israeli business in Judea and Samaria and in eastern Jerusalem. 

The resolution calls on member states "to take appropriate measures to ensure that businesses domiciled in their territory and/or under their jurisdiction, including those owned or controlled by them, that conduct activities in or related to the settlements, respect human rights throughout their operations, by taking all necessary steps—including by terminating their business interests in the settlements—to ensure that their activities do not have an adverse impact on the human rights of the Palestinian people," the Jerusalem Post reported.

Other resolutions debated focus on human rights violations in the same areas, in addition to the Golan Heights. The UNHRC special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories, Richard Falk, delivered a report Monday asking the U.N. to call for the International Court of Justice at the Hague to issue an advisory on whether Israel’s "occupation" of Palestinian territories can be classified as "colonialism, apartheid and ethnic cleansing."

At the same time, the UNHRC is voting on only one resolution this season regarding Syria, where more than 146,000 people have been killed since the beginning of the country's civil war, and only one resolution on Iran, where 80 people have been executed this year.

Posted on March 24, 2014 .