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US Israel's Sole HR Violations Supporter

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TEHRAN, March 28 (ICANA) – The U.S. is the only state to vote against six motions condemning Israel's illegal settlement activity and human rights violations and land grabs in Palestinian and Syrian territories.
Monday, March 28, 2011 11:20:52 PM
US Israel's Sole HR Violations Supporter

The U.S. was the only country to vote against all six United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolutions on Israel, which were approved in Geneva this Thursday and Friday.

"We are deeply troubled to once again be presented with a slate of resolutions replete with controversial elements and one-sided references that fail to address the real challenges of the region," U.S. Ambassador Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe told the council.

Israel needs to stop settlement activity in the West Bank and improve movement and access for the Palestinians, Donahoe said; but she added that progress in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict would not be achieved through one-sided resolutions, such as the ones presented to the council.

The six resolutions the UNHRC approved condemned Israeli settlement activity and human rights violations in the "occupied" Palestinians territories and Golan Heights, and called for the right of Palestinian self-determination.

They also dealt with a follow-up report on last May's Gaza flotilla and Israel's military incursions in Gaza during Operation Cast Lead in late December 2008 and January 2009.

In contrast, the two resolutions on Israeli activity in the West Bank and east al-Quds (Jerusalem) had the approval of 45 members, with only the U.S. voting against them.

The U.S. has almost vetoed all United Nations Security Council resolutions critical of Israel.

Since 1982, the U.S. has vetoed 33 UN Security Council resolutions that were critical of Israel.

Earlier, the U.S. had offered Israel 20 F-35 fighter planes in exchange for a 90-day West Bank building moratorium. An offer Israel rejected.

Israel receives about $3 billion from the U.S. in direct foreign assistance each year, which is roughly one-fifth of America's foreign aid budget.

The U.S. has been equipping Israel with the most advanced weapons. Israel has received more U.S. military assistance than any other country in the world.

The United States gives Israel access to intelligence that it denies its NATO allies and has turned a blind eye towards Israel's acquisition of nuclear weapons.

The U.S. House and Senate Appropriations Committees approved Obama's request for another $3 billion in military aid to Israel in the 2011 budget.

There are more than 50 U.S.-based lobbying groups that support Israeli policies in the United States in various ways.

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) advocates for pro-Israel policies to the Congress and Executive Branch of the U.S.

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