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ADL Calls on U.S. to Pull Out of U.N. Human Rights Council Following 'Hypocritical and Biased' Votes Condemning Israel

New York, NY, March 20, 2012 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today called on the United States to formally withdraw from the U.N. Human Rights Council in the wake of yet another series of “hypocritical and biased” decisions targeting Israel. ADL strongly condemned these decisions, particularly the council’s vote to dispatch a fact-finding mission to investigate the impact of Israeli settlements on the Palestinians. Thirty-six countries voted in favor of this resolution and 10 abstained, while only the U.S. voted against the motion.

Of the 91 decisions made by the United Nations body since it was created three years ago, so far, 39 have singled out Israel for criticism, while only three votes have involved Syria, and one dealt with Iran.

Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, issued the following statement:

Despite the U.S. presence on the U.N. Human Rights Council for the past three years, this body has time and again sent the message to the U.S. that when it comes to the council’s ingrained bias against Israel, U.S. opposition does not matter. Following yet another hypocritical and biased decision by the council, this time to dispatch a so-called fact-finding mission to investigate Israeli settlements, it is high time for the U.S. to pull out of the international body.

When the Obama Administration made a decision to join the council three years ago, the Administration had said then that it would fight anti-Israel bias within the international body. But to date there has been no evidence of change within the council with respect to Israel, and there has been no improvement from the actions of its infamous predecessor, the U.N. Commission on Human Rights.

This resolution makes a mockery of human rights by focusing its efforts on bullying Israel while completely ignoring serious humanitarian violations across the world. It will only prove destructive by further exacerbating tensions between the Israelis and Palestinians.

The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.

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