A general view of the assembly hall during the opening of the Human Rights Council's Commemorative session marking the 60th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Friday Dec. 12, 2008. (AP/Keystone, Salvatore Di Nolfi)
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US Pulls Out of Human Rights Council as Israel Prepares Major Offensive on Gazan, Lebanese Civilian Targets

Given that new Israeli military offensives against Gaza and its northern neighbors are widely anticipated, the U.S. decision to withdraw from the UN Human Rights Council in Israel’s name is a likely indication of its rejection of coming condemnations of future Israeli war crimes.