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Bahrain refrained from voting for UN motion condemning Israel's violations

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) and Bahraini Minister for Foreign Affairs Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani (R) greet each other with an elbow bump ahead of their meeting at the Prime Ministry Office in West Jerusalem on 18 November 2020. [Israeli Prime Ministry/Handout - Anadolu Agency]
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) and Bahraini Minister for Foreign Affairs Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani (R) greet each other with an elbow bump ahead of their meeting at the Prime Ministry Office in West Jerusalem on 18 November 2020. [Israeli Prime Ministry/Handout - Anadolu Agency]

Bahrain was the first-ever Arab state to not vote for the UNHRC motion condemning Israeli violations against Palestinians in the occupied territories, Al-Quds Al-Arabi reported on Wednesday.

Al-Quds Al-Arabi reported Al-Mayadeen TV channel naming Bahrain as the Arab country that did not vote, as it did not attend the voting session.

The motion was put for voting at the UNHRC on Tuesday evening, with 32 states voting for it out of 47, including European Union countries that have repeatedly abstained or have not attended sessions in order to avoid voting against Israel.

"However," Al-Quds Al-Arabi reported Al-Mayadeen stating: "The surprise was the absence of Bahrain which had always attended such sessions."

The Bahraini absence angered Palestinians, who did not receive justification of this measure from the Bahraini mission in Geneva.

It is worth noting that Bahrain signed a deal to normalise ties with Israel on 15 September, 2020, along with the United Arab Emirates at the White House. It also signed a deal to start full diplomatic relations with Israel on 18 October, 2020.

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