UN Commission Blames Israel for Plight of Palestinian Women

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Palestinian women take pictures during the funeral of 20-year-old Palestinian man Jihad al-Jaafari in the West Bank city of Bethlehem February 24, 2015.Credit: Reuters

The UN Commission on the Status of Women has approved a resolution blaming Israel's ongoing occupation of Palestinian territory for "the grave situation of Palestinian women."

Israel's UN Ambassador Ron Prosor denounced the resolution saying it was further proof of the UN's bias against Israel.

"Of the 193 member states in this institution, dozens slaughter innocent civilians and impose discriminatory laws that marginalize women and yet they all get a free pass," he said, noting that the commission includes "some of the worst violators of human rights like Iran and Sudan."

The 45-member commission on Friday adopted the resolution, which was sponsored by Palestine and South Africa, by a vote of 27-2 with 13 abstentions. The United States and Israel voted against it while European Union members abstained.

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