United Nations

UN schools are 'teaching kids jihad'

By Josh Jackman, December 11, 2014

Middle East monitors have accused the United Nations Relief and Works Agency of teaching Palestinian children "a curriculum of war".

The criticism of Unwra, which provides humanitarian services to Palestinian refugees and their descendants, came during a during a panel discussion on the UN agency's role in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict at the House of Commons this week.

Bassem Eid, direct

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Palestinians push back UN statehood bid

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 27, 2014

The Palestinian Authority is planning to postpone its attempt to secure a UN timetable for the unilateral establishment of a Palestinian state.

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki told Ma'an news agency on Monday that the decision had been delayed due to the difficulty of reaching the necessary majority in the Security Council and American pressure.

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Perfect storm

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 6, 2014

Israeli diplomats are concerned that the coming months will see concerted diplomatic pressure on their government to make major concessions to the Palestinians or suffer some form of sanctions.

As the American mid-term elections have drawn to their end, President Barack Obama enters his final two years with no need to be re-elected or help his party win in Congress.

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UN to vote on recognition of Yom Kippur

By Josh Jackman, October 6, 2014

The United Nations will start debating this month whether Yom Kippur should be an official UN holiday after ambassadors from 32 nations signed a letter in support of the cause.

Countries including America, Canada and Uruguay have formally asked the UN General Assembly committee that Yom Kippur stand alongside Christmas and the end of Ramadan on the UN calendar.

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Netanyahu puts spotlight on ‘fanatical’ Iran in UN speech

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 30, 2014

Benjamin Netanyahu warned the world yesterday that the battle against the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria must not deflect attention from the necessity of denying Iran a nuclear weapon.

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Bibi prepares UN rebuttal to Abbas ‘genocide’ speech

By Orlando Radice, September 29, 2014

Benjamin Netanyahu will provide a forceful response to Mahmoud Abbas’s accusations against Israel in his speech to the UN General Assembly tonight.

The Israeli Prime Minister told reporters before boarding his plane for New York that he would “refute all of the lies being directed at us”.

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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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