United Nations

Netanyahu takes a new tack at UN General Assembly

By JC Reporter, September 22, 2016

In his speech to the UN General Assembly on Thursday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared keen to capitalise on recent Israeli successes at the international forum.

Despite attacking the UN at the beginning of his speech, saying it "began as moral force, and has become a moral farce", he went on to say: “I want to shock you - Israel has a bright future in the UN.”


UN hosts first-ever antisemitism conference

By Daniel Sugarman, September 15, 2016

The UN last week held a "High-level Forum on Antisemitism" for the first time in its seven-decade history.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon told participants via video-link: "Antisemitism is one of the world's oldest and most pernicious and deadly forms of hatred."


UN hosts first antisemitism conference

By Daniel Sugarman, September 9, 2016

The United Nations has held a “High-level Forum on Antisemitism” for the first time in its seven-decade history.

The gathering, which took place on Wednesday, was sponsored by Israel, the United States, Canada and the European Union.

Ban Ki-Moon, the UN Secretary General, addressed the meeting via video-link.


'Glimmer of hope' as Israeli heads UN group

By Rosa Doherty, June 16, 2016

In an unprecedented move, Israel's ambassador to the United Nations has been elected to head a permanent committee at the United Nations.

After months of diplomatic efforts, Danny Danon was elected chair of a General Assembly committee handling legal issues on Monday.


Abbas seeks UN statehood vote

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 14, 2016

The Palestinian Authority has launched a diplomatic initiative to secure a United Nations Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, and setting out a timetable for the establishment of a Palestinian state within a year.


UN selects anti-Israel Canadian law professor to report on Palestinian territories

By Josh Jackman, March 23, 2016

Michael Lynk - who has compared Israeli settlements to “the transfer by the Nazis of German-speaking peoples into newly conquered lands during the Second World War” - will be appointed the United Nations’ Special Rapporteur on the Palestinian territories, the JC can reveal.

The Canadian, who teaches law at Western University in Ontario, has also said he hopes to “isolate Israel”.


Outrage over UN's anti-Israel candidates

By Josh Jackman, March 23, 2016

The potential appointment of Penny Green or Michael Lynk as the United Nations' Special Rapporteur on the Palestinian territories has prompted outrage around the world.


She asked why UK did not bomb Israel - ideal candidate to head UN probe into the conflict

By Tim Marshall, March 17, 2016

Imagine: You're on trial and you discover the judge appointed to hear the case has already decided you are guilty and has a long history of publicly saying so. That appears to be the UN Human Rights Council approach to justice when it comes to one particularly country.

The council's first choice to become the new Special Rapporteur on the Palestinian territories is criminologist Penny Green.


Ron Prosor: “UN bias against Israel is very hard to fathom”

By Naomi Firsht, January 22, 2016

Former Israeli ambassador to the United Nations Ron Prosor has expressed his frustration against what he regards as the UN’s bias against Israel.

Mr Prosor, who is also a former Israeli ambassador to the UK, said that at the UN security council, “it is unbelievable the proportion [of debates] that one deals with Israel “


Only 'Zionists and warmongers' against Iran's new nuclear deal, says Rouhani

By Charlotte Oliver, January 17, 2016

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has praised his new nuclear deal with world powers as a “golden page” in the country’s history - adding that it was only opposed by “Zionists and warmongers”.