United Nations

Israel's British-born UN Human Rights Council representative

By Jennifer Lipman, March 25, 2011

A Manchester-born academic is to become the first Israeli representative on a UN Human Rights Council committee.

Professor Frances Raday, who was born in Britain, studied at the London School of Economics and made aliyah in 1968, was chosen to be part of a team of five independent experts looking at gender equality and discrimination against women.

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Israel demands UN response to rockets and bomb attack

By Jennifer Lipman, March 24, 2011

Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations has submitted a complaint to the president of the Security Council and to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon regarding the recent “serious escalation of Palestinian terrorist attacks targeting innocent Israeli civilians”.

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Rifkind praises UN Libyan vote

By Jessica Elgot, March 18, 2011

Libya has declared a ceasefire to comply with a United Nations resolution passed last night.

The announcement of a ceasefire by foreign minister Moussa Koussa came as Prime Minister David Cameron said RAF warplanes would be in places in the "coming hours".

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Ron Prosor caught in UN crossfire fight

February 17, 2011

The identity of Israel's next ambassador to the United Kingdom has become the latest bone of contention in the growing political feud between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman.

The current ambassador, Ron Prosor, is poised to be appointed in the next few weeks as Israel's new ambassador to the United Nations.

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Egyptian opposition leader accused of being Iranian stooge

By Jennifer Lipman, February 1, 2011

A leading figure in world Jewry has labelled the Egyptian opposition leader Mohammed ElBaradei “a stooge” of the Iranian regime.

Malcolm Honlein, the executive vice-president of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organisations, accused Mr ElBaradei of fronting for Iran and “distorting reports” during his 12 years as director of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

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Interview: Dan Plesch

By Simon Round, January 28, 2011

Historians like nothing better than to nail a myth. Dan Plesch is confident that he has managed to refute two fairly major misconceptions about the Second World War. The first is that the United Nations was a creation of the post-war world, and the second is that, for all the suspicions that the Nazis were murdering Jews in Eastern Europe, this was never formally acknowledged by the Allied powers.

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UN expert condemned over 9/11 views

By Jennifer Lipman, January 25, 2011

The United Nations Palestine expert has been condemned by UN General-Secretary Ban Ki Moon for suggesting that the US government was behind the September 11 terror attacks.

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On this day: the UN General Assembly

By Jennifer Lipman, January 10, 2011

Fifty-one nations were represented in the inaugural session of the UN General Assembly, held in London.

In the more than six decades since the UN has grown and developed to a membership of almost four times that, with countless funds, programmes and special agencies to its name.

In that time it has celebrated triumphs like approval of the partition plan in 1947, but also fallen short of its initial aspirations with resolutions such as “Zionism is racism”.

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New year, old tricks: Palestinians go to UN

By Robin Shepherd, January 6, 2011

The signs were there for all to see. 2011 was always going to be the year that the Palestinians turned to the United Nations to help obscure the reality of their own rejectionism as the root cause of the Israel-Palestine conflict, and to use inbuilt majorities in that less than august institution to make life as difficult as possible for the state of Israel.

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The United Nations route to solving this impasse is fools' gold

By Robin Shepherd, December 16, 2010

It has been a mixed couple of weeks for the Palestinian Authority. With the breakdown of peace talks they have managed to land the blame where most of the world was only too ready to place it anyway: it's Israel's fault because of the settlements, and not theirs for their refusal to negotiate without pre-conditions.

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