United Nations

Palestinians to take statehood bid back to UN

By Ben Hartman, August 9, 2012

The Palestinian Authority will head to the UN General Assembly next month to seek non-state membership, despite a series of carrots and sticks held up by Israel in an effort to block the bid.


Anti-Israel UN official

July 26, 2012

David Cameron has been asked to follow through on his pledge to monitor the actions of a UN official who posted an antisemitic cartoon on a blog.


Israeli appointed to UN counter-terrorism body

By Jamie Michaels, July 18, 2012

The United Nations has appointed David Scharia as the legal coordinator for the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate, making him the only Israeli national to operate in a senior security position within the UN Secretariat.


UN places Iran on arms-control panel

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, July 12, 2012

As things go in the arms trade, there are not many countries in the world that misbehave more than Iran. The country is under a UN-imposed arms embargo — it cannot buy and it should not sell weapons.


Israel blocks UN mission that singles out Jewish state

By Jennifer Lipman, July 9, 2012

Israel will not work with a UN mission on settlements that it said was "flawed and biased" and embodied "the inherent distortions" of the international body.

The UN Human Rights Council, a body with a controversial record when it comes to Israel, named three officials to look at the impact of the West Bank settlements on the Palestinians.


As Syria burns, the UN rounds on Israel

By Robin Shepherd, July 5, 2012

When Bashar al-Assad’s Syria praises you for your “bravery“ that is a good indication that you have wound up on the wrong side of a lot of things: History? Morality? Reason? Take your pick.


Nativity church first step in Palestinian UNESCO campaign

By Jennifer Lipman, July 4, 2012

The Palestinian Authority plans to build on its recent victory at the UN's cultural arm and campaign for other sites in the West Bank to be designated "endangered".

Last week UNESCO members voted in favour of the PA's bid to have the Church of the Nativity world granted world heritage status.


UN drugs watchdog criticises Iran over Israel drug outburst

By Jennifer Lipman, July 3, 2012

The United Nations body responsible for drug control has criticised Iran after its vice-president spoke of drug addiction being a Zionist conspiracy.

Yury Fedotov, chief of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, said Mohammad Reza Rahimi’s remarks caused him "dismay and serious concern".


Despite all, Jews do need the UN

By Simone Abel and Alexander Goldberg, July 2, 2012

Groucho Marx once said: "I don't want to belong to any club that will accept me as a member." To some, the UN is exactly that sort of club, one that is increasingly hostile to Jews.


Bethlehem Church of the Nativity granted heritage status

By Jennifer Lipman, June 29, 2012

The United Nation's cultural arm has voted to grant the Church of the Nativity world heritage status.

Thirteen countries backed the Palestinian delegation at the Unesco vote in St Petersburg on Friday, giving the Bethlehem church protected status.

The Palestinians submitted the request "on an emergency basis" soon after gaining membership of the organisation last October.