UN body to probe Israeli settlements

The UN Human Rights Council has opened its first investigation into Israel’s settlements in the occupied West Bank, sparking an angry response from the Israeli government.

Israel has clashed with the Geneva-based council on several occasions. It has repeatedly accused the body of anti-Israel bias, in particular after the council set up the so-called Goldstone inquiry into alleged war crimes committed by Israel and Palestinian militants during the 2008-09 Gaza war.

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The new probe is to focus on one of the most contentious aspects of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: Israel’s settlements in the occupied territories. Thursday’s resolution called for an ... >>>

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