United Nations

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.

UNESCO's exec

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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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Mid-East's forgotten minorities

By Jessica Elgot, September 27, 2011

While the United Nations controversial "Durban III" conference against racism took place in New York, protesters gathered in Trafalgar Square to highlight the plight of Jewish and other persecuted minorities driven out of the Middle East and North Africa.

Organised by Harif, which represents Jews from the Arab world, the British Israel Coalition and Stand With Us UK, around 100 demonstrators ha

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Abbas goes for jackpot in UN speech

September 23, 2011

In his much-anticipated speech to the United Nations General Assembly today, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said that he would be willing to return to the negotiating table with Israel with on condition that the international community recognise a Palestinian state based on 1967 borders and that Israel cease all settlement building.

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Mahmoud Abbas submits membership bid to UN

By Jennifer Lipman, September 23, 2011

The Palestinian President has asked the United Nations Secretary General for Palestine to be accepted as a member state.

After months of speculation, Mahmoud Abbas officially submitted a bid for full membership at the United Nations.

The US and Israel have already made their opposition to the unilateral move clear

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Cameron attacks Ahmadinejad for election failure

By Jennifer Lipman, September 23, 2011

The British Prime Minister used his debut speech at the United Nations to denounce Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

David Cameron, speaking just after diplomats from 30 countries left the hall in a mass protest against the Iranian leader's presence, gave a speech attacking Mr Ahmadinejad's record.

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