U.N. rights council passes resolutions condemning Israel


JERUSALEM (JTA) — The United Nations Human Rights Council passed three resolutions that condemn Israel and another seeking reparations for Gaza Palestinians.

The United States opposed the resolutions, which passed by a large margin Wednesday and Thursday.  

On Wednesday, the 47-member council passed resolutions that condemn Israel’s "grave human rights violations" in the West Bank and Gaza, and call on Israel to pull out of territory claimed by the Palestinians; call on Israel to stop settlement building and evacuate existing settlements; and condemn Israel for the "systematic violation of the rights of the people of the occupied Syrian Golan Heights," according to Reuters.

A resolution passed Thursday called on Israel to compensate Palestinians in Gaza for damage and loss incurred during Operation Cast Lead.

Israel has been censured by the council, which was formed in 2006, more times than any other country.

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