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Geneva: No breakthrough in Iran negotiations

October 1, 2009

British and US diplomats are among those meeting in Geneva to put more pressure on Iran to halt its uranium enrichment.

Representatives from the UK, US, France, Germany, Russia and China met in a hotel on the shores of Lake Geneva with Saeed Jalili, Iran's chief nuclear negotiator.

They are said to have insisted Iran name a date for a UN inspections of the nuclear plant in Qom, and have offered to freeze sanctions if Iranian uranium enrichment comes to a halt.

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VIDEO: Netanyahu's UN speech in full

By Jessica Elgot, September 25, 2009
The full speech from Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu at the UN, where he launched a savage attack on Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmidinejad and the UN countries who gave him an audience.

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Netanyahu: Ahmadinejad is a 'disgrace'

By Jessica Elgot, September 24, 2009
Binyamin Netanyahu has launched a savage attack on Iran’s president, including holding up Nazi Holocaust plans to counteract Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s Holocaust denial.

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Jews cost me UN job, says Egyptian minister

By Ben Lynfield, September 24, 2009

Egyptian Culture Minister Farouk Hosni has blamed the Jews for his defeat in his bid to become head of UNESCO, the UN’s agency for culture and education, this week.

A Western conspiracy “cooked up in New York” was at fault, he said.

“European countries and the world’s Jews” wanted him to lose.

Mr Hosni was considered a leading opponent of “normalisation” of relations with Israel and last year threatened to personally burn any Israeli books found in Egyptian libraries.

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Mass walkout during Ahmadinejad UN speech

By Jessica Elgot, September 24, 2009

British, American and French diplomats led a walkout at the United Nations general assembly during a virulently anti-Jewish and anti-Israel speech by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Mr Ahmadinejad infuriated many delegates with claims of a 'Jewish conspiracy'.

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Egypt's Farouk Hosni beaten to UN job

By Jessica Elgot, September 23, 2009

The Egyptian Culture Minister Farouk Hosni, tipped to become head of Unesco, has been beaten to the post by former Bulgarian Foreign Minister Irina Bokova.

It took a committee five rounds of votes to decide that the new Director General of Unesco, the United Nations’ cultural arm, would be Ms Bokova.

Mr Hosni, who would have been the first Arab to hold the position, has been an outspoken critic of Israel and his campaign was dogged with allegations of antisemitism.

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Analysis: Israel never had a chance with the UN’s Gaza report

By Shmuel Rosner, September 18, 2009

It is true: Israel did use “disproportionate force” when fighting Operation Cast Lead. It was also “collectively punishing” the Palestinians.

“The testimonies we have heard… have been very difficult to hear, but I believe it is important that we listen to these stories,” said UN investigator Richard Goldstone, presenting his committee’s report this week.

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Peres: Goldstone report "mockery of history"

By Jessica Elgot, September 16, 2009

Israel’s president Shimon Peres has called the United Nations report on the Gaza conflict “a mockery of history”.
 
Mr Peres denounced it as giving a green light to terrorists.

A UN fact-finding mission, headed by South African judge Richard Goldstone, produced a 574-page report which concluded: "Israel committed actions amounting to war crimes, possibly crimes against humanity.”

Mr Peres said: “The Hamas terror organisation is the one who started the war and also carried out other awful crimes. Hamas has used terrorism for years against Israeli children.
 

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Israel 'appalled' by Goldstone report

By Jessica Elgot, September 15, 2009

The Israeli government says it is “appalled” by the latest United Nations commission report which claims both sides in the Gaza conflict committed war crimes.

A fact-finding mission, headed by South African judge Richard Goldstone, has produced a 574-page report which concludes: "Israel committed actions amounting to war crimes, possibly crimes against humanity.”

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Fears over UN Gaza report

By Bernard Josephs, September 10, 2009

A United Nations investigation into the Gaza conflict will be used as a political weapon to undermine Israel and could lead to an upsurge of international antisemitism, the head of a Geneva NGO has warned.

Hillel Neuer, director of the highly respected UN Watch, has said the group is preparing to challenge the report, which is due to be formally presented to the UN Human Rights Commission at the end of the month.

It is widely believed that the report will result in calls for Israel to be prosecuted for alleged war crimes.

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