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US expected to withdraw from UN Human Rights Council: report

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The U.S. is reportedly planning to pull out of the United Nations Human Rights Council after clashes over key issues such as Israel.

A source told Reuters that the move could be “imminent.” The council will begin a three-week session in Geneva on Monday.

Other diplomatic sources told Reuters that the withdrawal was “not a question of if but of when.”

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley has clashed with the council over its treatment of Israel and has repeatedly voted against U.N. measures that were critical of that country. Most recently, the U.S. and Australia were the only two members to vote against a proposal to investigate Israel’s alleged use of excessive force in Gaza.
Haley has criticized the council over what she called a “chronic anti-Israel bias” and threatened last year to leave.

“When the council passes more than 70 resolutions against Israel, a country with a strong human rights record, and just seven resolutions against Iran, a country with an abysmal human rights record, you know something is seriously wrong,” she wrote in an op-ed for The Washington Post last June.

The U.S. rejoined the council under former President Obama after boycotting for three years under former President George W. Bush.

Haley has also called for other reforms to the body, including making it easier to expel member states with poor human rights records, specifically Venezuela, China and Saudi Arabia.

Swiss Ambassador Valentin Zellweger told Reuters that he agrees with Haley that “not all members fulfill the criteria” for membership to the council, but expressed concern over the potential withdrawal.

“The decision by the Americans will have a profound impact on the Council,” Zellweger said. “If they withdraw, we can expect significant consequences.”

http://thehill.com/policy/international/392418-us-expected-to-withdraw-from-un-human-rights-council-report

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Israel.   Rolling Eyes

I never understood why the US officially supports the State of Israel so much (well, actually I do .... but let's not go into that)

Jesus!   It's a country of only 9 million or so people.   How about we give 'em a million dollars apiece ... the Jews and the Palestinians alike  ... and let 'em all emigrate themselves to any country in the world they so individually choose.  It'd be cheaper in the long run.

Then turn the whole place into a tourist attraction for religious tourists.  The UN could lease the place to Disney for that purpose with a healthy cut of the profits to go to a fund to pay back the "million dollars apiece" .... prob get all the money back & then some in five years.

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