Criticism of the Israeli settlements in Palestinian territory has now been voiced by Sarkozy, the president of France.
The United States votes against anything that condemns Israel on the UN Human Rights Council resolutions. On three of them, the US stands alone. When the Goldstone report came out, the US criticized it without offering any reasons. In a similar fashion, the US voted against these resolutions.
- The first resolution, “Human Rights Situation in the Occupied Syrian Golan,” which was submitted by the Arab Group and the OIC, was adopted by a wide majority, with 31 countries in favor, 1 against and 15 abstentions. The United States was the only member to vote against the resolution, the European Union jointly abstaining. Click here for the complete voting chart.
- On “The right of the Palestinian people to self-determination,” 45 out of 47 voted in favor, and only the United States voted against. One did not vote.
- On the resolution, “Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and in the occupied Syrian Golan,” 46 voted to condemn Israel, while the United States alone voted against the resolution.
- On “The grave human rights violations by Israel in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem,” the Council voted 34 in favor, 9 against, 7 abstaining. Click here for the complete voting chart.