Monday, the Trump administration will boycott a United Nation’s Human Rights Council (UNHRC) meeting, wherein members will aim to advance unjust bias against the Jewish state by adopting at least five anti-Israel resolutions.
A senior Trump administration official told the Washington Free Beacon that until the council — which allows as members countries cited for mass human rights abuses — addresses its anti-Israel bias, the United States will continue its boycott and not consider the council legitimate.
U.S. ambassador to the United Nation, Nikki Haley leads the effort to significantly reform the UNHRC by rejecting those who use it as a way to encourage and pass anti-Israel initiatives.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson joined the effort, recently stating that the United States intends to boycott the UNHRC until it implements necessary reforms, including doing away with anti-Israel bias.
One initiative the UNHRC is considering Monday includes an agenda for the “human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories” and includes several anti-Israel declarations.
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Israel is the only member nation of the UN with specific agenda items aimed against it, a matter that the Trump administration fiercely rejects. Trump administration officials declared it will vote against “every resolution” targeting Israel and will urge other nations to do the same.
One senior administration official familiar with the boycott stated:
“The argument that the U.S. has to participate in bodies like the United Nations Human Rights Council or risk losing our influence over it is ridiculous. The UNHRC is, like its predecessor, morally bankrupt and the only good news is that its actions have little practical effect in the real world. We’ve wasted enough time and money on it.”
The boycott illustrates a vast difference between the Obama and Trump administrations, the former of which was widely criticized by Israel and U.S. pro-Israel groups for helping create and promote a fiercely anti-Israel resolution in its final days in office — a move that broke decades-long U.S. policy with Israel.
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