United Nations

Palestinian Authority must play by UNESCO's rules

By Shimon Samuels, November 3, 2011

In the 1980s, UNESCO was a theatre for the Cold War. When the USA and the UK walked out in 1984, they cited mismanagement; the real motive was a series of Soviet-led resolutions against press freedom.

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UNESCO vote prompts Israel anger

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 3, 2011

Israel has responded to the acceptance of Palestine as a full member of the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) with a range of sanctions against the Palestinian Authority.

But ministers are split over whether funds to the PA should be cut off.

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Palestinians: UNESCO vote 'opens door' to other UN agencies

By Jennifer Lipman, November 1, 2011

The Palestinians hope their success in gaining UNESCO membership will be followed by acceptance by 16 other UN agencies.

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UNESCO votes yes to Palestinian membership

By Jennifer Lipman, October 31, 2011

The United Nations cultural agency has placed itself at risk of losing funding after it gave the Palestinians full membership.

In a move that was opposed by the United States, UNESCO delegates voted to admit the Palestinians as a full member of the Paris-based agency.

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UNESCO to vote on Palestinian bid

By Jennifer Lipman, October 28, 2011

The UN heritage organisation UNESCO is to take a vote on the Palestinian application for full membership on Monday.

To see their request fulfilled the Palestinians will need the support of more than two - thirds of the 193 members.

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PM condemns UN adviser's 'antisemitic' cartoon

By Jessica Elgot, October 12, 2011

David Cameron has instructed the UK’s Permanent Representative in Geneva to raise concerns with the UN Human Rights council over an antisemitic cartoon posted on a human rights advisor’s blog.

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Service as usual at New York Durban conference

By Shimon Samuels, October 11, 2011

Durban III, the UN’s third “anti-racism” conference in New York last month proved to be the exercise in Israel-bashing that everyone had expected.
It served as the podium for the Lebanese and Syrian foreign ministers to charge that the very concept of “a Jewish state” is “an act of racism”.

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PA calls on Europe to back its UN bid

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 11, 2011

The Palestinian Authority is trying to increase support for its bid for United Nations membership by lobbying various international organisations for endorsements.

Over the past two weeks, the Palestinian leadership has gained various degrees of recognition from the United Nation's Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, The Council of Europe and European Parliament.

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Clinton warns UNESCO over Palestinian membership

By Jennifer Lipman, October 6, 2011

The White House has cautioned the UN heritage organisation UNESCO to cease meddling in the Palestinian attempt unilaterally to gain statehood.

The warning came after the cultural agency began considering admitting the Palestinians into its ranks.

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Palestinian bid on Security Council agenda for Friday

By Jennifer Lipman, October 5, 2011

The UN Security Council is expected to meet on Friday to discuss the Palestinian bid for statehood, two weeks after President Mahmoud Abbas took his application to the international body.

The Security Council will review the decision as Middle East negotiators from the Quartet meet in Brussels to discuss ways to revive peace talks.

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