Kerry chastises UN Human Rights Council for ‘biased focus on Israel’

Marcy Oster

(JTA) — Following the United States’ reelection to the United Nations Human Rights Council, U.S. Secretary of John Kerry criticized the body for its “biased focus on Israel.”

The United States was one of 14 members elected to the Council by the U.N. General Assembly on Saturday in New York.

“While important challenges remain, including ending the Council’s excessive and biased focus on Israel, we look forward to cooperating with other Council members to address human rights concerns, advance human rights around the world, and ensure the Council fully realizes its purpose,” Kerry said following the U.S.’s reelection to the Council after a one-year hiatus.

In addition to the United States, Brazil, Croatia, Egypt, Hungary, Iraq, Japan, Rwanda, Tunisia. Cuba, Saudi Arabia, China, South Africa and Great Britain will serve on the council in 2017.

Israel is the only country with a permanent agenda item in the Council.