United Nations

Israel's left asks Europe to back Palestinian UN bid

By Jennifer Lipman, May 27, 2011

Key figures in Israel's left-wing have called on European leaders to defy Israeli and US wishes and support the Palestinians if they attempt to unilaterally declare statehood at the UN.


On this day: Israel joins the UN

By Jennifer Lipman, May 11, 2011

Almost a year after David Ben Gurion declared independence for the Jewish state; Israel was welcomed into the global club.

With something of a fraught relationship between the two since, it was nonetheless a positive step. Twelve countries voyted against welcoming the 59th members, including Afghanistan, India and Iraq, while nine, among them Britain, Denmark and Greece, abstained.


Goldstone's colleagues turn on him

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 21, 2011

Three members of the panel that investigated Operation Cast Lead in Gaza two years ago have published a joint statement accusing the chairman of the group, Richard Goldstone, of "misrepresenting the facts" following his retraction of the report.


Goldstone colleagues attack 'unjustified' report reversal

By Jennifer Lipman, April 14, 2011

Judge Richard Goldstone's recent comments challenging the key findings of his report into Operation Cast Lead have been described by three other members of the probe as unjustified and an attempt to "misrepresent" the original document.


Israel fears Obama's wrath at UN

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 14, 2011

The Israeli government is worried that the Obama administration has decided not to block attempts to recognise an independent Palestinian state at the United Nations General Assembly in September.


Human Rights Council: Goldstone reversal just personal opinion

By Jennifer Lipman, April 5, 2011

Judge Richard Goldstone's admission that there were flaws in his report on Israeli military conduct in Gaza two years ago was just personal opinion, according to the UN committee that commissioned the probe.


Judge Richard Goldstone to tour Israel's rocket-hit south

By Jennifer Lipman, April 5, 2011

Judge Richard Goldstone has been invited to visit Israel, following his admission that he did not stand by his damning report on Israeli military conduct during the Gaza war.

According to Israel's Interior Minister Eli Yishai, Judge Goldstone has accepted the offer, which would include a tour of southern Israeli communities affected by the barrage of rockets from Gaza.


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.


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”.


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".