Israel says it won't cooperate with UNHRC settlement probe
By TOVAH LAZAROFF, JPOST.COM STAFF
Three jurists appointed to fact-finding probe into Israeli settlement activity and Jewish building in east Jerusalem; Israel calls probe a "hijacking of the important human rights agenda."
A settlement in the Jordan Valley [illustrative] Photo: REUTERS
Israel reiterated Friday that it would refuse cooperation with a a UN Human Rights Council fact finding mission to probe Israeli West Bank settlement activity and Jewish building in east Jerusalem. The Geneva-based council appointed three international jurists to the mission on Friday, eliciting a rebuke from Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor. "The fact finding mission will find no cooperation in Israel and its members will not be allowed to enter Israel and the territories. Its existence embodies the inherent distortion that typifies the UNHRC treatment of Israel and the hijacking of the important human rights agenda by non democratic countries," he said. The three jurists are: Christine Chanet of France, Unity Dow of Botswana and Asma Jahangir of Pakistan.
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