A UN committee will hear a Palestinian complaint accusing Israel of racial discrimination, in a decision criticised by Washington on Tuesday.
The committee of independent experts, which has the power to name and shame members of the UN convention on racial discrimination, decided it could handle a complaint filed by the Palestinians in 2018.
The US expressed “profound disappointment”, arguing that Israel did not recognise Palestine as a state or as a party to the convention, and as a result the committee had no jurisdiction.
“The committee’s disregard for treaty law raises serious questions about the legitimacy of this process,” said Andrew Bremberg, US envoy to international organisations. “The US will continue to advocate for fair treatment for Israel in this and other international fora.”