United Nations

UN official Richard Falk links Boston bombings to US policy on Israel

By Simon Rocker, April 25, 2013

A United Nations official who has been the subject of repeated complaints provoked fresh outrage this week over comments viewed as linking the Boston bombings with US policy on Israel.

Richard Falk, the UN’s special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories, who is Jewish, made his remarks in a blog on the “marathon murders”.

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US-Israel ties factor in Boston bombing, says UN man

By Zoe Winograd, April 23, 2013

United Nations Human Rights official Richard Falk has picked out America’s relationship with Israel as one of the factors that create "blowbacks" such as the Boston bombing.

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No progress in Iran nuclear talks

By Sandy Rashty, April 5, 2013

Multilateral negotiations over the Iranian nuclear programme that took place in Kazakhstan today are reportedly failing.

The group of six nations in talks with Iran – the United States, Britain, France, Russia, Germany and China – said they would ease sanctions if the Islamic Republic halted its suspected nuclear development programme.

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Unrest in Gaza and the West Bank

By Zoe Winograd, April 5, 2013

The United Nations humanitarian agency has suspended aid services to Palestinians in Gaza after demonstrators stormed its headquarters.

Protestors broke into the compound of the United Nations Relief and Welfare Agency building in Gaza city in reaction to UNRWA’s decision temporarily to stop relief payments to Palestinian families.

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Vengeful UN report on Israel reveals rot in system

By Robin Shepherd, March 22, 2013

This week’s goings on at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) mark yet another dismal episode in a seemingly endless series. What is, to a significant extent, a rogues’ gallery of murderous and corrupt regimes, congregated to “discuss” a report excoriating Israel and demanding an immediate withdrawal from the West Bank.

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David Trimble to UN Human Rights Council: ‘your report undermines peace’

By Anna Sheinman, March 18, 2013

Nobel Peace laureate David Trimble will today deliver a statement on behalf of NGO UN Watch to the UN Human Rights Council saying its report on Israeli settlements “undermines and subverts” the peace process.

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How the UN food forum served up an Israel boycott campaign

By Shimon Samuels, March 15, 2013

While “Apartheid Weeks” on campuses, BDS drives, flotillas and demonstrations amount to a loud, if shrill and clapped-out campaign against Jews and Israel, it is easy to forget that, in global corridors of power, their message is alive and well.

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BBC insists: UN wrong, Israel killed Gaza baby

By Marcus Dysch, March 14, 2013

The BBC has contested the findings of a United Nations report into an explosion that killed the baby son of one of the corporation’s correspondents.

Jihad Mashhrawi’s 11-month-old son Omar was killed after Israel launched Operation Pillar of Defence in Gaza in November last year.

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Gaza marathon cancelled over Hamas ban on women

By Jennifer Lipman, March 5, 2013

The UN Relief and Works Agency has called off the Gaza marathon because the Hamas authorities have refused to allow women to join the race.

The third Gaza marathon was due to take place next month, but will not go ahead because "the authorities in Gaza… have insisted that no women should participate".

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The wrongs of a rights council

By Geoffrey Alderman, February 15, 2013

Last month, a joyous event, unprecedented in the history of the UN, took place in Geneva. Under what is known as the “Universal Periodic Review”, every UN member state has agreed to submit itself to a five-yearly inquisition by the UN’s Human Rights Council (HRC). On January 29, it was Israel’s turn.

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