United Nations

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.


France backs Palestinian UNESCO bid for Church of Nativity

By Heidi Heinemann, June 28, 2012

A Palestinian delegation to a Unesco meeting tomorrow in St Petersburg is seeking to gain recognition for the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem as a world heritage site.

The bid comes following the Palestinians’ admission to Unesco last year and is widely viewed as part of their campaign to achieve international recognition of an independent state.


Israel ambassador's plea to UN over rocket attacks

By Jessica Elgot, June 22, 2012

Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations Ron Prosor has urged the Security Council to “raise its voice about the roar of rockets” from Gaza.


Prosor gets influential new UN job

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 14, 2012

Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations and former ambassador to Britain, Ron Prosor, will be a Deputy President of the 67th UN General Assembly scheduled to convene in September.


The UN, human rights and the Israel question

By Shlomie Liberow, May 10, 2012

In discussions about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, reference to a UN resolution tends to charge the individual’s argument with unique powers. The UN is, invariably, an all-out, exclusive, power-pack trump card.


UN questioned by Prosor on 'untold stories' of Jews from Arab lands

By Jennifer Lipman, April 25, 2012

Israel's ambassador to the United Nations has called for the international body to move on from "myths" about the Middle East in order to take an honest look at Israel and its neighbours.

Ron Prosor, who took on the role after stepping down as envoy to the UK, highlighted the many other problems and conflicts in the Arab world in a speech to the UN Security Council.


Israel severs ties with UN council

By Robin Shepherd, March 29, 2012

Reading through the seemingly endless list of resolutions adopted against Israel on March 22 at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), the first impression was the same as it always is.