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Hamas rebukes US’ ‘pro-Israel bias’

March 20, 2017 at 10:37 pm

Hamas today slammed the United States’ opposition to a discussion on Israel’s human rights violations in the Palestinian and other occupied Arab territories at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), describing it as a “clear bias to Israel”.

Hamas spokesperson Fawzi Barhoum

Hamas spokesperson Fawzi Barhoum

In a press statement, Hamas spokesperson, said that the US rejection of the discussion entitled “Human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories”, indicates the continuation of Israel’s violations and crimes against Palestinians.

He called for regional action to end Israel’s crimes against Palestinians as well as to foil American’s bias.

The Hamas official also called on the international community to fully support the Palestinian issue and to protect its people’s rights.

The US today boycotted a UNHRC session on Israel, accusing the Geneva-based council of “long-standing bias against Israel.”

On his part, the US State Department’s acting spokesperson, Mark Toner, said that the US administration “strongly and unequivocally opposes” the UNHRC’s agenda item addressing Israel’s human rights violations in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories.

“Today’s actions in the council are yet another reminder of that body’s longstanding bias against Israel,” he said.