Two anti-Israel resolutions were adopted by the United Nations Human Rights Commission here Monday. The commission is in the midst of its six-week annual conference.
One resolution, strongly condemning Israel’s “iron fist” policy against Palestinian demonstrators in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, was approved by a vote of 31-8, with four abstentions. Negative votes were cast by the United States, Britain, France, West Germany, Italy, Norway, Belgium and Portugal.
Another resolution, condemning Israel’s annexation of the Golan Heights exactly six years ago, was opposed only by the United States. There were 11 abstentions.
Last week, the commission heard testimony on the situation of Ethiopian Jews who wish to immigrate to Israel. On Thursday, David Littman, speaking for the World Union of Progressive Judaism, appealed for a “compassionate solution” that would enable an estimated 10,000 to 20,000 Ethiopian Jews to be reunited with family members who immigrated to Israel.
Kongit Sinegioris, an Ethiopian delegate to the human rights conference, responded Friday by saying that the government of Ethiopia is determined to repatriate thousands of Jews it claims were kidnapped from their African homeland by Israel during the Operation Moses airlifts.
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