Israel is a no-show at its rights review before the UN _ a surprise for the human rights body

Israel is a no-show as the top U.N. human rights body reviews its record — the first time that a nation has done that without giving a reason.

At its meeting Tuesday in Geneva, the U.N. Human Rights Council waited for Israel to appear for its once-every-four-years rights review, then determined it had not.

Council spokesman Rolando Gomez told The Associated Press "we're in new territory here" with the unprecedented absence without a reason — once before Haiti didn't appear, but it gave a reason.

U.S. diplomats have said the council is too focused on Israel, though all U.N. member nations are required to submit to such a review.

Israel said last year it would stop cooperating with the council because of an international fact-finding mission into Israeli settlements.