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U.S. Boycotts U.N. Rights Council Debate on Israel, Palestinians

Monday, March 20, 2017

GENEVA (AP) — The United States on Monday boycotted a Human Rights Council session focusing on Palestinian areas, saying the regular review shows the council's "long-standing bias against Israel" that threatens the "credibility" of the U.N.-supported body.

Israel is the only country that faces an examination of its rights record at every one of the council's three sessions each year under a standing agenda item — known as Item 7 — on "Palestine and other occupied Arab territories." The current session, which lasts four weeks, ends Friday. ...

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