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UN Rights Body Backs Report Critical of Israel’s Flotilla Raid

The U.S. cast the only vote today against the endorsement by the United Nations Human Rights Council of a report that said Israel’s May 31 effort to stop a flotilla of ships from reaching the Gaza Strip was illegal.

The Human Rights Council voted 30 to 1, with 15 abstentions, to adopt a resolution sponsored by Pakistan. The text “welcomes” the report by a three-person panel appointed by the Geneva-based council, “endorses the conclusions” and recommends that the UN General Assembly consider further action.