United Nations

UN's Schabas: an open mind?

By Geoffrey Alderman, August 28, 2014

While our attention has been focused on renewed conflict in the Middle East, a melodrama of truly farcical proportions has been played out at the Palace of Nations, Geneva.

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UN’s Gaza war crimes investigator has anti-Israel history

By Daniel Easterman, August 12, 2014

Israel has sharply criticised the UN Human Rights Council’s new three-person panel tasked with investigating possible war crimes committed during Operation Protective Edge.

The Israeli Foreign Ministry said that the commission, chaired by Canadian international law expert William Schabas, is biased and made up of individuals with strong anti-Israel views.

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Fifteen killed in Gaza school, Hamas rockets found next to classrooms

By Daniel Easterman, July 30, 2014

A UN school in Gaza’s Jabaliya refugee camp was shelled by the Israeli military early on Tuesday morning, killing 15 and leaving a further 90 wounded, according to Gaza health officials.

The school was being used by hundreds of Palestinians as a shelter to escape the fighting, said Adnan Abu Hasna, a spokesman for the UN aid agency, UNRWA.

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IDF rejects UN school death accusations

By Daniel Easterman, July 28, 2014

The Israeli military has forcefully rejected accusations that it was responsible for the deaths of 15 people at a UN school in Beit Hanoun in Gaza.

A spokesperson for the IDF said: “The inquiry and the documented footage presented here concluded that a single errant IDF mortar landed in the courtyard of the UNRWA school, when it was completely empty.”

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Kerry flies in for Gaza peace talks

By Sandy Rashty, July 21, 2014

US Secretary of State John Kerry has flown to Cairo in a bid to further ceasefire talks between the Israeli and Palestinian leaders.

Last night, the UN Security Council called for an immediate ceasefire in light of the rising death toll and escalation of violence.

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Did UN man pass $20m to Hamas?

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 26, 2014

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman is trying to bar the UN's chief representative in the region from Israel over allegations that he tried to funnel funds to Hamas in Gaza.

Mr Lieberman's office confirmed over the weekend that he was in favour of declaring the UN's Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Robert Serry a persona non grata.

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This loathsome UN hypocrisy

By Robert Philpot, June 12, 2014

On April 3, a gay Ugandan teen swallowed rat poison and pills, bringing an end to a life he believed had no value.

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UN hires another Israel-basher to replace hate-blogger Richard Falk

By Anne Bayefsky, May 16, 2014

ANALYSIS

For over a month, the UN’s top human rights body has been struggling with a major dilemma. How much prior Israel-bashing experience is necessary to be appointed UN “independent expert” on Israel?

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WJC urges UN to drop its 'anti-Israel obsession'

By Sandy Rashty, March 25, 2014

The World Jewish Congress today called on the United Nations to drop its “anti-Israel bias”.

The advocacy group urged the UN Human Rights Council to stop singling out Israel for criticism and reform its approach to the Middle East conflict.

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Israel’s UN Ambassador chairs Human Rights Council elections

By Charlotte Oliver, February 19, 2014

Israel’s Ambassador to the UN Ron Prosor was chosen on Tuesday to chair elections for the UN Human Rights Committee (HRC), adding to the recent surge of Israeli involvement with the UN in Geneva and New York.

Mr Prosor was unanimously selected by 170 member countries to supervise the voting of the committee, which is elected every two years to monitor human rights around the world.

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