Israel faces UN 'rights' inquiry

GENEVA (AP) - The United Nations Human Rights Commission voted yesterday to appoint a special investigator to look into alleged Israeli violations of international law in the treatment of Palestinians in the occupied territories.

The commission went a step beyond its traditional condemnation of Israel and called for the appointment of a special investigator. Such a step is usually reserved for the most serious human-rights abusers and mirrors a long-standing investigative committee appointed by the UN General Assembly.

The resolution called on 'Israel, the occupying power, to desist from all forms of violation of human rights in the Palestinian and other occupied Arab territories.'