The United States warned Friday that it was losing patience and again threatened to quit the UN Human Rights Council after the Geneva-based body adopted five resolutions condemning Israel.
The 47-member body ended its first and longest session of the year Friday by adopting five resolutions critical of Israel’s behavior toward the Palestinians or throwing support behind the long, fruitless Palestinian cause of statehood.
Another two “country-specific” resolutions focused on Syria, where hundreds of thousands have died in a civil war. South Sudan, Myanmar, Iran and North Korea garnered one each.
US Ambassador Nikki Haley said in a statement that the council was “grossly biased against Israel,” noting that it had adopted only three resolutions separately targeting North Korea, Iran and Syria.
“When the Human Rights Council treats Israel worse than North Korea, Iran, and Syria, it is the council itself that is foolish and unworthy of its name,” said Haley.
“Our patience is not unlimited. Today’s actions make clear that the organization lacks the credibility needed to be a true advocate for human rights,” she said.
Haley has over the past year repeatedly warned that the United States was ready to walk away from the 47-member body established in 2006 to promote and protect human rights worldwide.
The five resolutions were presented by the countries of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation under the council’s “agenda item 7” which concerns Israel.
Israel is the only country that has a dedicated agenda item at the council.
The UNHRC is notorious for its anti-Israel bias. Several months ago it began sending letters to companies in Israel and around the world, warning them that they are about to be added to a database of companies doing business in Israel.
The Human Rights Council voted to approve the database of companies in 2016, despite objections from the United States and Israel.