US State Department accuses UN of singling Israel out in its COI


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US State Department accuses UN of singling Israel out in its COI
The United Nations released a Commission of Inquiry that blamed Israel for the ongoing conflict with the Palestinians.
Published: JUNE 8, 2022

WASHINGTON - The US State Department responded on Tuesday to an initial report by the United Nations' highly contentious Commission of Inquiry, which charged that Israel is largely to blame for its conflict with the Palestinians, saying that “the COI in its current form is a continuation of a longstanding pattern of unfairly singling out Israel”

“As we have stated repeatedly, we firmly oppose the open-ended and vaguely defined nature of the UN Human Rights Council’s (HRC) Commission of Inquiry (COI) on the situation in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza, which represents a one-sided, biased approach that does nothing to advance the prospects for peace,” said Ned Price, the State Department Spokesperson.

“The report of the Commission, released today, does nothing to alleviate our concerns,” he added. “While the United States believes the HRC plays a crucial role in promoting respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms globally, this COI and report do not advance this goal.” Price went on to say that Israel is the only country subject to a standing agenda item at the HRC, “and has received disproportionate focus at the HRC compared to human rights situations elsewhere in the world.”