U.N. rights council slams Israel

NEW YORK (JTA) – The U.N. Human Rights Council condemned Israel’s "grave violations" of Palestinian human rights.

The resolution adopted Monday by the Geneva-based council also "strongly condemns" Israeli military actions in Gaza. It called for an end to the "launching of the crude rockets against Israeli civilians that resulted in the loss of four civilian lives" and the establishment of a fact-finding mission to investigate Israeli behavior.

The 33 states supporting the resolution included Russia, China, Argentina, Brazil and the Arab and Muslim members. Only Canada opposed the measure, while the European Union abstained, citing the failure to acknowledge Israel was responding to rocket attacks on its civilians. The United States is not a member of the council.

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