Human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem

Year

2020

UN Body

Human Rights Council

Session

43

Session Type

HRC Regular

Agenda Item

7

Country Concerned

Israel

Condemnatory

Yes

Analysis

  • This one-sided resolution accuses Israel of "systematic violation" of the human rights of Palestinians and condemns it for "excessive use of force" against the Palestinians. While the resolution also mentions terrorism and incitement, it does so in the context of condemning Israel and does not attribute responsibility to Palestinian actors. Similarly, a one-line condemnation of rocket attacks in a six-page resolution fails to attribute responsibility to Hamas or other Palestinian terrorist groups. Also, the resolution contains no praise.
  • Moreover, the resolution was adopted under Item 7, the discriminatory Agenda Item which singles out Israel for censure, signaling criticism of Israel.

Main Sponsors

Organization of Islamic Cooperation

Vote

Yes - 42, No - 2, Abstain - 3, Absent - 0

Key Praise

None

Key Criticism

  • "Expressing grave concern at the continuing violations of international humanitarian law and the systematic violation of the human rights of the Palestinian people by Israel, the occupying Power, including that arising from the excessive use of force and military operations causing death and injury to Palestinian civilians..."
  • "Deploring all conflicts in and around the Gaza Strip and the civilian casualties caused, including the killing and injury of thousands of Palestinian civilians..."
  • "Expressing deep concern at the Israeli policy of closures and the imposition of severe restrictions and checkpoints, several of which have been transformed into structures akin to permanent border crossings..."
  • "Demands that Israel, the occupying Power, withdraw from the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, so as to enable the Palestinian people to exercise its universally recognized right to self-determination."
  • "Demands that Israel, the occupying Power, comply fully with the provisions of the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949..."
  • "Also demands that Israel, the occupying Power, cease all practices and actions that violate the human rights of the Palestinian people..."
  • "Demands that Israel, the occupying Power, cease immediately its imposition of prolonged closures and economic and movement restrictions, including those amounting to a blockade on the Gaza Strip..."
  • "Condemns all acts of violence, including all acts of terror, provocation, incitement and destruction, especially the excessive use of force by the Israeli occupying forces against Palestinian civilians, particularly in the Gaza Strip..."

Full Vote

  • Yes42

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  • No2

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  • Abstain3

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  • Absent0