New UN Report on Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Slammed for ‘Unfairly Singling Out’ Jewish State for Blame

The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) chamber in Geneva, Switzerland.

June 9, 2022

A report published earlier this week by a United Nations Commission of Inquiry blamed what it called Israel’s “persistent discrimination against Palestinians” for the continuation of the Middle East conflict.

“The findings and recommendations relevant to the underlying root causes were overwhelmingly directed towards Israel, which we have taken as an indicator of the asymmetrical nature of the conflict and the reality of one State occupying the other,” Navanethem Pillay, the Commission’s chair, stated.

The report was widely condemned, with the U.S. State Department pillorying it as a “continuation of a longstanding pattern of unfairly singling out Israel” by the U.N. Human Rights Council.

The U.S. State Department said, “We firmly oppose the open-ended and vaguely defined nature of the UN Human Rights Council’s (HRC) Commission of Inquiry (COI) on the situation in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza, which represents a one-sided, biased approach that does nothing to advance the prospects for peace.  The report of the Commission, released today, does nothing to alleviate our concerns.”

“Israel is the only country subject to a standing agenda item at the HRC and has received disproportionate focus at the HRC compared to human rights situations elsewhere in the world,” it added.

Other U.S. officials and lawmakers who condemned the report included:

Ambassador Michele Sison, Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs –

Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) –

Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho) –

Representative Ted Deutch (D-Florida) – 

Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Florida) –

Representative Kathy Manning (D-North Carolina) –

Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-New York) –

Meanwhile, the United Kingdom’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office said, “The UK has been clear that we oppose the open-ended nature of the Commission of Inquiry on the situation in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza and its vaguely defined mandate.”

Jewish and pro-Israel organizations weighing in from across the world included:

Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) –

American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) – 

B’nai B’rith International –

Anti-Defamation League (ADL) – 

Board of Deputies of British Jews –

UK Conservative Friends of Israel –