Canada Votes Against Anti-Israel Resolutions at the UN Human Rights Council

by Noah Shack
Government Relations Research Associate, Canada-Israel Committee

The United Nations Human Rights Council today, Thursday March 26th, approved five anti-Israel resolutions which took issue with Israel’s continued settlement activity, its treatment of West Bank Palestinians and its January military operation in Gaza.

Canada was the sole country to vote against the resolutions. They were joined in one instance by the Netherlands, Germany and Italy, who opposed the resolution against Israeli military activity in Gaza. To date the council has passed 26 anti-Israel resolutions out of the 32 motions to censure countries which it has approved since its inception in June 2006.

Transcripts of Canada’s statements regarding these resolutions are not yet available. You can read the UNHRC press release on the votes here.

  1. Human Rights in the Occupied Syrian Golan
    Yes – 33
    Abstain – 13
    No – 1
  2. Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and in the occupied Syrian Golan
    Yes – 46
    Abstain – 0
    No – 1
  3. Human Rights Violations Emanating from the Israeli Military Attacks and Operations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, Particularly the Recent Ones in the Occupied Gaza Strip
    Yes – 35
    Abstain – 8
    No – 4
  4. The right of the Palestinian people to self-determination
    Accepted Without a Vote
  5. Follow Up to Resolution S9/1 on the grave violations of human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, particularly due to the recent Israeli military attacks against the occupied Gaza Strip
    Yes – 33
    Abstain – 13
    No – 1
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  • http://PeaceonEarthbeforeit'stoolate!!! Judith Sinclair

    While the Arabs living in Israel, Gaza and the West Bank regard Israel as an illegal country, and the Israelis as their enemies, there will never be peace in the world.

    I personally see it as the Israelis were given a country, which they live in, not “occupy”, and the Arabs were given a country, Jordan, where the PLO were thrown out for their attempts to overrun the government, and since the British and the League of Nations divided the areas they oversaw into Israel and Palestine, a two-state solution was already decided upon.

    So why the aggravated assaults on Israel in verbal terms, and in actual physical attacks?

    Why is the world so against Israel? It’s so tiny. And I notice that the BBC never shows it on their maps of the middle east.

    Shame on them. They occupied so much of the world and now they disdain Israel for trying to survive?

    What a strange and perverse world we live in.

    Wake up, world. What with Global warming, and really bad warnings ahead, we really have to learn to help each other through thick and thin, and to stop this war of religions.

  • Musa

    I understand what you mean Judith. But unfortunately its not as you describe. The fact of the matter is that Palestine was never an empty country, it already had a population. Many of our politicians and leaders lied to us about this. So when we came into Palestine, it was by removing the Arabs from their land and their homes and their administration/government. Jordan is a separate country and entity from Palestine, Palestinians are not Jordanians. But regardless of that, Palestinians are killed and forcefully removed and we have to understand that.

    But I do agree with you on the two state solution. But that initiatives for that solution have been going on since 1970. But Israel keeps building settlements on land that would fall under the jurisdiction of a separate Palestine state. If you look at a map now, we have settlements all over and going through the west bank with roads connecting them together. Settlements are even built the on western side of the west bank which isolates it from the rest of the middle east. Basically, the Palestinian west bank community is more and more looking like native reserves, little pockets of land which they can live on, impossible to create a state. So if we want a two state solution, then we gotta not only stop building settlements on that land, but also dismantle existing ones, break the wall that has also taken much of their land, and then I think another state is viable. The Arab countries have already said that they will accept Israel based on the 1967 borders, and even Hamas prime minister has said that. But Israel keeps building settlements rather than abide by the peace plan.

    Another solution that I think would be easier would be to just have a one state solution. Everyone can live in Israel and everyone is an equal citizen under a democracy. If the state serves and represents everyone, then it will also take care of everyone and make sure that all of its citizens (including Arabs, Muslims, Christians too) are safe. We all lived on this land in peace under one state up until 1940.

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