The United Kingdom is locking arms with the United States when it comes to the United Nations Human Rights Council’s (HRC) blatant bias against Israel.
On Monday, U.K. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson announced his country will, in the future, vote against any resolution considered under Agenda Item 7, which was enacted in 2007 and makes Israel’s actions — particularly as it pertains to the Palestinian occupation — a permanent, recurring debate among HRC member states.
Johnson described the controversial agenda item as “disproportionate and damaging to the cause of peace,” vowing to “vote against all resolutions introduced under Item 7” next year unless the HRC makes substantial changes.
BREAKING: British FM @BorisJohnson announces @UN_HRC that unless they remove Agenda Item 7 which targets Israel alone in every session—a treatment he called “damaging to the cause of peace”—the UK “shall move next year to vote against all resolutions” introduced under that label. pic.twitter.com/7hBuCFjbPv
— Hillel Neuer (@HillelNeuer) June 18, 2018
Johnson’s rebuke comes just days after it was reported that U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley is considering withdrawing from the HRC. Diplomats familiar with Haley’s thinking told Reuters last week it is “not a question of if but of when.”
Haley threatened to pull out of the HRC last year, citing the body’s “chronic anti-Israel bias.”
“It is essential that this council address its chronic anti-Israel bias if it is to have any credibility,” the American ambassador said at the time, adding that the council “must change” in order for it to fairly “protect and promote human rights.”
“If it fails to change,” Haley continued, “then we must pursue the advancement of human rights outside of the council.”
Earlier this month, the U.N. General Assembly approved a Palestinian-backed resolution blaming Israel for the violence in Gaza. The decision came just after the assembly rejected the U.S. proposal to add an amendment to condemn attacks against Israel carried out by rulers of the Hamas terror group.