New York City’s United Nations Human Rights Committee voted on Wednesday to expand the rights of Israelis and Palestinians to access a public library.
It was the first time the council has voted on the rights to public libraries.
The vote follows months of criticism by Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations over the Israeli government’s policy of excluding Palestinians from accessing public libraries and other services.
The United Nations General Assembly voted last week to expand its boycott of Israeli goods to include all products made in Israel, which is a violation of the 1949 Geneva Conventions.
Israel has denied all of its claims to the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
The council voted Wednesday to consider a resolution that would require the Israeli side to end its policies of exclusion, boycott and restriction of the rights and freedoms of Palestinians in the West bank and East of Jerusalem.
The resolution was passed with support from all seven council members except one, New Zealand, which voted against it.
It will be debated and adopted at the council next week.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is also a member of the council, said in a statement that he was “disappointed” by the vote.
“Israel will not accept the UN Human Rights council decision to expand settlements in occupied territories, a resolution which the UHRC did not support,” Netanyahu said.
“The UN is not a human rights organization, and its resolution is a shameful violation of international law.”
The U.S. has said it is “deeply concerned” by Israeli actions and the council’s move.