Ted Cruz calls on US to quit UN rights body

Republican Presidential candidate Ted Cruz believes US should withdraw from UN Human Rights Council, after body condemns Israel for attacks on Gaza Strip

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Texas Senator and a pro-Israel Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz called on the US to withdraw its membership from the UN Human Rights Council, after the body voted on Friday on a resolution for Israel’s 50-day assault on Palestine in 2014.

The resolution called for the prosecution of the alleged war crimes of the both parties during the Israel-Palestine conflict and co-operation with the International Criminal Court in the preliminary investigation process.

The US was the only council member country that voted against the resolution, while 41 countries voted in favour of the resolution. India, Kenya, Ethiopia, Paraguay and Macedonia abstained.

The resolution elaborated on a report issued by UN Human Rights Council, which provides evidence of the alleged war crimes committed by both parties.

Cruz referred the majority decision as a “meaningless gesture.”

“It is time to stop ceding moral authority to the UNHRC and tell the truth about this hopelessly biased and anti-Semitic institution. … The United States should stop legitimizing the UNHRC with our membership and withdraw now,” he added.

Under the “Operation Protective Edge” campaign in 2014, Israel bombarded the Gaza Strip killing 2,220 Palestinians, including at least 1,492 civilians, aiming to “stop rocket fire from Gaza into Israel.”

By the end of the conflict, the Israeli death toll was five civilians and 67 soldiers.

During the US vote against the resolution, US Ambassador to the UN in Geneva, Keith Harper, argued that in the course of the council’s decision, the Palestinian side of the conflict was heavily overlooked.

In 2014, Ted Cruz,  an ardent supporter of Israel, was booed off the stage when he said “Christians have no greater ally than Israel” at a Mideast Christian gala.

TRTWorld and agencies