Palestinian boys play under Israel's separation barrier where a 30-foot-high wall cuts West Bank villages off from East Jerusalem. (David Silverman/Getty Images)
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GENEVA (AP) - The top United Nations rights body says Israel appears to be reluctant to submit to a routine review of its record.
A spokesman for the 47-nation Human Rights Council told reporters in Geneva Tuesday that Israel's participation is in doubt after it asked for the Jan. 29 review to be postponed and its ambassador skipped a meeting to discuss the situation.
The spokesman, Rolando Gomez, said that diplomats from other nations expressed concern about Israel's reluctance to participate in the Geneva-based council's standard review.
Gomez said diplomats stressed the "utmost importance to preserve the credibility and integrity" of the process in which all 193 U.N.-member nations accept an examination of their human rights record every four years.
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