UPDATE 1-Israel criticised by Islamic states in UN rights body

Mon Sep 27, 2010 6:42pm GMT

* Israel accused of flouting international law

* Jewish state says U.N. rights body "obsessively biased"

(Updates with later comments, flotilla debate, settlements)

By Robert Evans

GENEVA, Sept 27 (Reuters) - Islamic states and their allies sharply criticised Israel in the United Nations Human Rights Council on Monday, several countries accusing it of displaying cruelty and careless violence in the Middle East.

The Palestinian Authority, Israel's partner in the faltering U.S.-brokered peace process, also accused it of painting the Jewish state "with the blood of victims".

The verbal assault came as two critical reports on Israeli actions in the region ordered up by the 47-nation council were presented to delegations.

The body's members are elected by regional constituencies, which gives Islamic states and their allies a majority.

Israel, which is not a council member, accused the body of being "obsessively biased" against it while ignoring gross human rights violations in countries like Iran, North Korea, Zimbabwe and the Democratic Republic of Congo.   Continued...

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