The United Kingdom’s Foreign Secretary Jeremey Hunt said his government will oppose every United Nations Human Rights Council measure on Israel’s violation of Palestinian human rights in the West Bank and Gaza.
In an article written in the Jewish Chronicle, Hunt referred to the “Item 7” resolution, which he says “undermines the credibility of the world’s leading human rights forum” because of its narrative that “one side alone holds a monopoly of fault.”
Hunt said that Britain would vote against all resolution texts in the council’s session on Friday, but that this did not mean that his government would “hold back from voicing concerns about Israel’s actions”.
Britain joins the United States and Israel’s criticism of UNHRC for making Israel’s human rights abuses in the occupied Palestinian territories a permanent agenda item. Agenda Item 7, under which Israel’s human right record is debated at every session, is unique in that no other country has an agenda item dedicated to it.
Item 7, Hunt said, is disproportionate, discriminatory and “obstructs the quest for peace in the Middle East” while strengthening the “hard and trampled road of self-righteousness.” He said that the “U.K. will not indulge in illusions. We will continue to press for the abolition of Item 7.”