Anti-Israel Resolutions at the UN Human Rights Council:
3rd Council Year (2008-2009)

(Reprinted with permission of UN Watch)


Resolution Sponsors Summary Analysis Status
A/HRC/9/18
Human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories: Follow-up to resolution S-31
Egypt for the Arab Group, Morocco for the African Group, Pakistan for the Ogranization of Islamic Conference “Welcomes the report of the high-level fact-finding mission on Beit Hanoun…Regrets the delay in the fulfilment of the mission owing to the non-cooperation of Israel, the occupying power…”

“Calls upon the occupying Power, Israel, to end its occupation of all Palestinian lands occupied since 1967 and to respect its commitment within the peace process…”
Endorses report by one-sided inquiry that excluded Hamas rocket attacks from its mandate.

Criticizes Israel for non-cooperation and requests follow-up report. Fails to recognize Israel’s right to defend against Palestinian terrorism that deliberately targets innocent civilians. Distorts facts and exploits tragic accident for political agenda.
Adopted 9/24/08

Vote: 32 Yes, 9 No, 5 Abstain
A/HRC/S-9/1
The grave violations of human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, particularly due to the recent Israeli military attacks against the occupied Gaza Strip
Cuba, Egypt (on behalf of the Arab and African Groups), Pakistan (on
behalf of the Organization of the Islamic Conference)
"Recognizing that the massive ongoing Israeli military operation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, particularly in the occupied Gaza Strip, has caused grave violations of the human rights of the Palestinian civilians therein, exacerbated the severe humanitarian crisis in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and undermined international efforts towards achieving a just and lasting peace in the region..."

"Demands that the occupying Power, Israel, stop the targeting of civilians and medical facilities and staff and the systematic destruction of the cultural heritage of the Palestinian people, in addition to the destruction of public and private properties..."
Condemns only Israeli conduct. Neglects to name Hamas as the aggressor for launching rocket attacks that deliberately target Israeli citizens. Fails to mention that Hamas uses its fellow citizens as human shields and attacks from urban areas.

Expressly downplays nature of rocket attacks (“crude”) and suffering (“some”) of Israeli civilians. Mentions number of Israelis killed by rocket fire only to emphasize that more Palestinians have died, and to suggest simplistically that Israel is therefore to blame for the conflict.

Falsely accuses Israel of “targeting” civilians despite Israel’s many attempts to avoid civilian casualties.

Creates inquiry commission to investigate only Israeli conduct.

Adopted, 1/12/09

Vote: 33 Yes, 1 No, 13 Abstain
A/HRC/10/17
Human Rights in the Occupied Syrian Golan
Belarus, Bolivia, Cuba, North Korea, Nicaragua, Pakistan for the Islamic Group, Yemen for the Arab Group, Zimbabwe “Deeply concerned at the suffering of the Syrian citizens in the occupied Syrian Golan due to the systematic and continuous violation of their fundamental and human rights by Israel since the Israeli military occupation of 1967…”

“Also calls upon Israel to desist from changing the physical character, demographic composition, institutional structure and legal status of the occupied Syrian Golan…”
Addresses territorial dispute unrelated to individual rights

Neglects to mention Syrian support for enemies of the peace process and sponsorship of terrorism.
Adopted, 3/27/09

Vote: 33 Yes, 1 No, 13 Abstain
A/HRC/10/21
Follow-up to Council resolution S-9/1
Cuba, Pakistan for the Islamic Group, Yemen for the Arab Group  “Expressing with regret that resolution S-9/1 has not been fully implemented to date…” Seeks implementation of biased resolution S-9/1 (see A/HRC/S-9/1).  Adopted, 3/27/09

Vote: 33 Yes, 1 No, 13 Abstain
A/HRC/10/20
Right of the Palestinian people to self-determination

Bolivia, Cuba, Nicaragua, Pakistan for the Islamic Group, Switzerland, Venezuela, Yemen for the Arab Group

“Reaffirms the inalienable, permanent and unqualified right of the Palestinian people
to self-determination…”

“Stresses the need for respect for and preservation of the territorial unity, contiguity
and integrity of all of the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem…”
Breaches the U.N.’s non-selectivity principle by enacting a self-determination resolution concerning the claim against only one member state. There is no resolution, for example, condemning the fact that Hamas does not recognize the right of the Jewish people to self-determination in Israel.

Fails to mention the role of Hamas terrorism and that of other extremist groups in severely impeding the right to self-determination of both Palestinians and Israelis.
Adopted without a vote (Canada asked to be removed from the “consensus”), 3/27/09
A/HRC/10/18
Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and in the occupied Syrian Golan

Bolivia, Cuba, Nicaragua, Pakistan for the Islamic Group, Venezuela, Yemen for the Arab Group

“Affirming that the Israeli settlement activities in the Occupied Palestinian Territory
constitute very serious violations of international humanitarian law…”

“Expressing grave concern at the continuing construction, contrary to international law, by Israel of the wall inside the Occupied Palestinian Territory…”

“Expressing its concern at the failure of the Government of Israel to cooperate fully with the relevant United Nations mechanisms, in particular the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967…”
The unbalanced text ignores Palestinian terrorism and other violations.

Condemns Israel’s security wall without noting its role in stopping terrorist attacks.

Chastises Israel for failing to cooperate with investigator with one-sided mandate.
Adopted, 3/27/09

Vote: 46 Yes, 1 No
A/HRC/10/19
Human rights violations emanating from the Israeli military attacks and operations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, particularly the recent ones in the occupied Gaza Strip
Bolivia, Cuba, Nicaragua, Pakistan for the Islamic Group, Venezuela, Yemen for the Arab Group “Recognizing also that the Israeli siege imposed on the occupied Gaza Strip, including the closure of border crossings, leads to disastrous humanitarian, economic and environmental consequences…”

“Strongly condemns the Israeli military attacks and operations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, particularly the recent ones in the occupied Gaza Strip, which have resulted in the killing and injury of thousands of Palestinians civilians, including a large number of women and children, and also condemns the firing of crude rockets on Israeli civilians…”

“Demands that the occupying Power, Israel, stop the targeting of civilians...and the targeting of United Nations facilities…”

“Demands that the occupying Power, Israel, release Palestinian prisoners and detainees…”

“Calls upon the occupying Power, Israel, to lift checkpoints and to open all crossing
points and borders in accordance with international agreements…”
Condemns Israel’s Operation Cast Lead, while downplaying the nature of Hamas rocket attacks (“crude”).

Pits sole blame on Israel for failure of the peace process.

Demands the release of Palestinian prisoners and detainees, without specifying the type of prisoners or grounds for release.

Requests the lifting of check-points in Palestinian territories, despite the risks such measures would pose for Israeli security.
Adopted, 3/27/09

Vote: 35 Yes, 4 No, 8 Abstain

 


Source: United Nations Watch (UN Watch)