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Explanation of Vote on the Human Rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory
April 1, 2022

Explanation of Vote on the “Human Rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem and the obligation to ensure accountability and justice”

Statement as Delivered by Ambassador Michèle Taylor

Delegation of the United States of America

Human Rights Council – 49th Session 

March 31, 2022

Mr. President,

The United States believes that Israelis and Palestinians deserve equal measures of freedom, dignity, security, and prosperity.  This is important in its own right and as a means to advance toward a negotiated two-state solution.  The United States is disappointed that Member States continue to disproportionately single out Israel and are dismayed by the many repetitive and one-sided resolutions that run year after year.  We appreciate efforts to consolidate and move resolutions out of Item 7.  However, this effort, to date, falls short of adequately addressing the problematic and biased language in these resolutions as well as their disproportionate number.  For these reasons, we call for a vote on this resolution and urge fellow Members to join us in voting “no.”