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Why is Israel so often criticized in the UN? Aren't other countries just as guilty of human rights violations?


There are many countries in the United Nations which commit human rights violations. Israel is criticized by the international community more than many other countries because its violations of Palestinian human rights are also violations of international law and a host of specific UN resolutions. That is because the specific violations often targeted by UN resolutions_building settlements, demolition of Palestinian houses, military attacks on civilians, closures and curfews, etc._all take place in the context of a military occupation that is itself illegal.

Other countries_Algeria, Sierra Leone, Uzbekistan, many more_commit massive human rights violations against their own population, but only Israel carries out those actions against a population that is supposed to be protected by the Geneva Conventions, which guarantee safety for people living under occupation.


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