Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday called the UN Human Rights Council’s decision to investigate abuses in the Palestinian territories and within Israel “shameful” and welcomed the move.
“Today’s shameful decision is another example of the UN Human Rights Council’s anti-Israel extremism,” Netanyahu said in a statement.
The Palestinian Foreign Ministry said the decision reflected the international community’s commitment to accountability, the rule of law and the protection of Palestinian human rights.
Earlier on Thursday, the UN Human Rights Council decided to launch an open international inquiry into the latest escalation of violence in the Gaza Strip, and “systematic” abuses within the Palestinian territories and Israel.
The resolution endorses 224 of the 47 members of the Council and will encourage an unprecedented investigation into the decades-long conflict in the Middle East and their “root causes.”
The lesson, presented by Pakistan on behalf of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, was discussed during a special one-day session this month focusing on the escalation of deadly violence between Israelis and Palestinians.
“This travesty mocks international law and encourages global terrorism,” Netanyahu said.
Hamas spokesman Hajem Qassim said the Islamic Palestinian group, which controls Gaza, “welcomes the decision of the Human Rights Council to set up an international inquiry committee into Israeli violations in the Palestinian territories.”
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