Your June 30 editorial, “An abdication of responsibility,” rightly criticized the U.S. for withdrawing from the U.N. Human Rights Council. The reason for the withdrawal was the HRC’s numerous resolutions challenging Israel’s abusive occupation of the West Bank and Gaza.

Historically the entire General Assembly has supported the HRC resolutions, with opposition coming only from Israel and the United States (and some of its territories).

The facts and realities forming the basis for these critical human rights resolutions are:

• Continuing illegal settlement building on Palestinian land in the West Bank.

• Construction of segregated roads upon which only Israelis can travel.

• A separation wall on Palestinian land, and checkpoints that restrict travel.

• Walled isolation and systematic military destruction of Gaza.

• Discriminatory laws that provide rights and benefits for Jews only.

Even support of the Palestinian nonviolent boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) resistance has become punishable, and its support is now reason for tourists and visitors to be denied entry to Israel.

When, year after year, the entire U.N. international community challenges Israel’s human rights abuses, perhaps it is the U.S. and Israel that are on the wrong side of these critical resolutions; to abandon the HRC becomes an abdication of responsibility and leadership.

Kathy and John Roberts

Wellfleet