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THE UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL
ANOTHER ARENA OF UN DISCRIMINATION AGAINST Israel is the world body ’ s Geneva-based Human Rights Council ( UNHRC ). Established in 2006 to replace the Human Rights Commission , it has only one permanent agenda item targeted at a specific country , Israel . This is Item 7 , which deals with the “ human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories .” In striking contrast , Item 4 covers “ human rights situations that require the Council ’ s attention ” in the rest of the world . This fixation upon Israel leads to disproportionate condemnation of the Jewish state . Every year , the Council adopts at least five resolutions censuring Israel , while other countries that are subject to Council resolutions — with the exception of Syria since 2011 — receive criticism in one annual resolution each . Moreover , unlike other countries scrutinized by the UNHRC , only Israel is subject to monitoring by “ experts ” until the end of the Israeli- Palestinian conflict , rather than to an extendable period of one or two years .
ISRAEL IS THE ONLY COUNTRY IN THE WORLD WITH A SEPARATE — AND PERMANENT — AGENDA ITEM , # 7 , AT THE GENEVA-BASED UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL . NO OTHER MEMBER STATE , INCLUDING SERIAL HUMAN-RIGHTS VIOLATORS LIKE IRAN , NORTH KOREA , SUDAN , AND SYRIA , IS SINGLED OUT THIS WAY .
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