The United Nations Human Rights Council has rejected Israel’s application for the right to enter Palestinian residential areas in the occupied West Bank, saying the move violated the Fourth Geneva Convention.
Israel’s Supreme Court last month rejected the appeal.
On Monday, the council, which has a special rapporteur on the conflict, rejected the petition from the Israeli government to enter the occupied territories’ residential areas, arguing that the Palestinians have not been allowed entry in the past and that Israel had not established clear criteria for determining who was allowed to enter.
Israel has been carrying out military incursions into Palestinian residential neighborhoods and other places under its occupation of the West Bank since 1967.
Israel says it has an exclusive right to live in residential areas that it occupies in the West, including East Jerusalem.
The United Nations has repeatedly condemned the Israeli actions, saying they violate international law and the 1948 U.N. Charter, which prohibits occupying powers from using military force in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
Israel, however, says the UN is biased because it supports a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
It argues that it has no legitimate claim to the West bank.