President Donald Trump’s administration is projected to boycott the United Nations Human Rights Council over the groups anti-Israel alignment.
The Washington Free Beacon has reported that the White House has made the decision to spurn the council due to at least five anti-Israel resolutions that the council is slated to take up this Monday. It is reported that the group will also consider Agenda Item Seven, which dictates that debate over Israeli human rights abuses against the Palestinians during each, and every, session.
As explained by the Jerusalem Post, all human right violations are normally dealt with under Agenda Item Four, which does not have a permanent place on the council, nor is discussed every session. Agenda Item Four deals with any “human rights situations that require the council’s attention.” Item Seven is far more biased as it is specific to Israel. According to the councils practical guide, Agenda Item Seven deals with the “impact of the Israeli occupation on human rights in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories.” This will be the “only country-based situation to feature as a permanent item” at every meeting.
The United State’s snub of the UN Human Rights Council is not an all-together new concept. Under former President George W. Bush, the United States never participated in the Council’s debates. The U.S. has only begun to participate with the council in the last six years of the Obama regime. Typically, the Obama administration voted in favor of Israel, although a rise of anti-Israel sentiment has become more pronounced in the United Nations dealings after the Obama administration’s decision to abstain from the vote on U.N. Security Council Resolution 2334, which directed Israel to halt any construction in land Palestinians claim as their own.