The US lawmakers across the political spectrum rejected the UN report blacklisting 112 Israeli companies over ties with West Bank settlements.
On Wednesday, hours after the release of the document by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Senate Foreign Affairs Committee chief Jim Risch, a Republican from Idaho, issued a statement condemning the report as “unacceptable”.
“This action is only further evidence that the OHCHR, which is supposed to be the lead human rights office in the United Nations, is overly politicized and focusing a disproportionate amount of time and resources on Israel,” he said, urging the body to look at real crises instead, such as the fighting in Syria.
The House Committee for Foreign Affairs struck a similar tone, Haaretz reports, with its head, Elliot Engel, a New York Democratic Representative, rejecting the release as “wrongheaded”.
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