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PA disappointed as Israeli elected vice-head of UN committee

June 19, 2014 2:38 P.M. (Updated: June 20, 2014 11:01 A.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed "deep disappointment" on Thursday after an Israeli was elected as vice-head of the UN's fourth committee, also known as the Special Political and Decolonization Committee.

Mordehai Amihai, who was nominated by the Group of Western European and Other States, was elected Vice-Chair with 74 votes.

The UN General Assembly held a secret ballot after a request was made by Arab States in protest over Israel's nomination as vice-chair.

The PA foreign ministry said that the election of Israel to such a post would only encourage it to continue committing excessive violations of Palestinian rights and to maintain the occupation.

Instead of electing Israel as vice-chair of a decolonization committee, the international community "should have called Israel to account over the crimes it practices against the Palestinian people."

The statement added that it is "disappointing" that Israel will play a leading role in a committee whose mission is related to decolonization, peace-keeping and human rights while Israel itself continues to deny millions of Palestinian refugees the right to return to their homeland from which they were forcibly displaced.

Israel also continues to detain, kill and violate the human rights of Palestinians, contrary to international law, the statement added.
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