Israel and the United States are cooperating to persuade as many Western countries as possible to oppose or to, at least, abstain from voting on five pro-Palestinian resolutions scheduled for a vote at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on Friday, Haaretz reported on Monday, citing a Foreign Ministry official.

The five resolutions tackle human rights, settlement construction, and the need for accountability in respect to Israeli human rights violations.

Earlier on Monday, PNN further reports, the United States boycotted a meeting on these resolutions, while the State Department issued a statement against the meeting, Israel National News said.

The UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) recently had to withdraw a report that confirmed Israel has established an “apartheid” regime, upon US-Israeli pressures.

The reported withdrawal resulted in the resignation of UN undersecretary-general and executive secretary, Rima Khalaf.

In February, the UNHRC officially reiterated its stance that Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank are illegal.

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