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Israel's Lawless Settlement Project

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Washington called the decision "one-sided and biased."

For 45 years and counting, Israel occupied Palestine lawlessly. It dominates by state terror. Palestinians have no rights. Oppression is official policy. So is stealing all valued land and resources.

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So far, it's gotten away with it. Investigations won't help, but if thoroughly pursued with follow-through it's a good start perhaps.

As expected, Israel responded provocatively by severing ties with the HRC. According to Haaretz on March 27, ambassador Leshno-Yaar hadn't yet gotten instructions on how to proceed. 

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Diplomats in Jerusalem and Geneva "were embarrassed by their inability to answer questions about the decision from reporters and foreign diplomats."

Israel's not an HRC member. It doesn't matter either way. An unnamed "senior source" said "we will not allow visits from HRC members to Israel, and our ambassador has been instructed not to even answer phone calls from them."

"The Human Rights Council secretariat and the commissioner, Navi Pillay, led the move to establish the investigative committee on settlements, which is why we will not work with them anymore or appear before the council."

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Austria and Belgium were the only EU nations voting yes. Israel responded by summoning their ambassadors to the Foreign Ministry for reprimands. Israel's Deputy Director-General for Europe Rafi Shotz said:

"You assisted the politicization of the Human Rights Council and enabled a decision that will make only worsen relations between Israel and the Palestinians."

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