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Palestinians cheer US exit from UN Human Rights Council

The US withdrawal from the UN's Human Rights Council has given some Palestinians hope for a stronger pro-Palestinian European role without the United States to hold it back.
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley delivers remarks to the press together with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, announcing the U.S.'s withdrawal from the U.N's Human Rights Council at the Department of State in Washington, U.S., June 19, 2018. REUTERS/Toya Sarno Jordan - RC1A7B0F9990

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — In the wake of the US withdrawal from the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on June 19, Palestinian officials are looking forward to a more efficient European role that would serve the Palestinian cause.

Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah commented June 20 on the US move during a ceremony held for the national holidays of Europe's Scandinavian countries. The ceremony, attended by officials from Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark, was held in the city of Ramallah.

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