United Nations

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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EU, UN criticise Israel for settlements

By Jennifer Lipman, December 10, 2010

Israel’s refusal to change its position on settlement building has prompted criticism from members of the European Union and the United Nations.

The rebukes came as Israeli envoy Yitzhak Molcho flew to Washington to discuss the progress of the peace process at meetings with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Middle East George Mitchell.

On the same day Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak met Thursday with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

EU High Representative Catherine Ashton said that the EU considered settlements an obstacle to peace.

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EU, UN criticise Israel for settlements

By Jennifer Lipman, December 10, 2010

Israel’s refusal to change its position on settlement building has prompted criticism from members of the European Union and the United Nations.

The rebukes came as Israeli envoy Yitzhak Molcho flew to Washington to discuss the progress of the peace process at meetings with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Middle East George Mitchell.

On the same day Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak met Thursday with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

EU High Representative Catherine Ashton said that the EU considered settlements an obstacle to peace.

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On this day: UN votes for Jewish state

By Katie Taylor, November 29, 2010

It is a day that is not remembered, celebrated or even marked down on any calendar, but today is the 63rd anniversary of one of the most momentous events in Jewish history. It is the day that the state of Israel was created.

The United Nations submitted its partition plan in August 1947 and three months later, on November 29, it was affirmed - although the British were still in command of Palestine until May 1948.

The plan was devised by the United Nations Special Committee on Palestine, (UNSCOP), which was created after World War ll amid emerging evidence of the Holocaust.

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Even the head of UNRWA admits it should not exist

By Adi Schwartz, November 26, 2010

Not many people in the West are familiar with the acronym UNRWA. But they should be: first, because Europeans and Americans pay billions of pounds of taxpayers' money to sustain this UN agency; and second, because of UNRWA's negative role in one of the core issues of the Arab-Israeli conflict - namely, the Palestinian refugees problem.

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On this day: UN Resolution 3379

By Jennifer Lipman, November 10, 2010

One of the most controversial acts in the history of the United Nations General Assembly, Resolution 3379 determined that “Zionism is a form of racism and racial discrimination.”

A series of resolutions had been passed in 1973, criticising South Africa. These referred to the "unholy alliance between Portugese colonialism, Apartheid and Zionism". In 1975, this suggested link was taken a step further, with the passing of Resolution 3379.

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On this day: Nazi Germany pulls out of the League of Nations

By Jennifer Lipman, October 14, 2010

Developed in 1919 at the Paris peace conference, US President Woodrow Wilson hoped the League would ensure that the First World War truly was “the war to end all wars.”

Based on his Fourteen Points and rooted in the ideology of liberal internationalism, the League was supposed to go further than the Concert of Europe had in the 19th century. Its aim was to give all countries a voice, to promote self-determination and to unite the world.

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Hall of Fame: Gabriela Shalev

August 31, 2010


"You can keep your posture in this very hostile environment, which is the UN, once you believe that you fight and you speak for the right cause.


"Once you believe in the Zionist dream, once you believe that Israel is the homeland of the Jewish people and that we have the right to live in peace and security together with our neighbours, in a two-state solution...you can take upon yourself this very hard, almost impossible mission."






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