United Nations

'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.

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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.

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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”.

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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.

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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.

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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 “

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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”.

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Internal staffer incitement is too much even for UN

By Robin Shepherd, October 29, 2015

It is very rare that justice gets done when it comes to systemic bias against Israel in international institutions. So, hats off to UN Watch, the indefatigable monitoring group led by Hillel Neuer, for taking down the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) over hardline anti-Israel and antisemitic activists within its ranks.

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EU votes to label settlement products

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 10, 2015

The European Parliament has expressed its support for putting special labels on consumer goods produced in West Bank, East Jerusalem and Golan Heights settlements. 

A total of 525 EU parliamentarians voted for the motion on Thursday; 70 voted against and 31 abstained.

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Netanyahu must take the UN seriously

By Charlie Laderman, August 28, 2015

The choice of Danny Danon as Israel's UN ambassador has elicited scorn and derision in Israel and around the world.

An ultra-nationalist hawk and notorious for using undiplomatic language, Mr Danon has publicly opposed the two-state solution and called for Israel to annul the Oslo Accords and annex the West Bank.

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