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Israel joins human rights group at UN

By Charlotte Oliver, February 12, 2014

Israel participated yesterday in a meeting of the United Nations human rights group JUSCANZ – the first time it has taken part since being admitted to the group in 2010.

The country’s involvement was welcomed by the Israeli ambassador to the UN, Ron Prosor, who described it as correcting a “historic injustice”.

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UN failed in South Sudan just as it failed in the Middle East

By Orlando Radice, January 31, 2014

The biggest UN refugee compound in Juba hugs the airport like a battered child clinging on to its mother for dear life. The area is one of the last bastions of safety in a country ripping itself to sheds.

Nobody appears able to halt the six-week-old conflict that has ravaged the world’s newest state, leaving thousands dead and 65,000 people scattered in six refugee camps across the country.

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For the UN, the Palestinian plight is the only one worth remembering

By Rosa Freedman, January 24, 2014

Last week, the UN launched the “International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People”. According to UN Deputy Secretary General Jan Eliasson, the aim is to encourage the peace process and help bring about a two-state solution to the conflict.

Undoubtedly, this brings more publicity to the peace negotiations.

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Unesco: a vessel for erasing Jewish history

By Shimon Samuels, January 22, 2014

The German strategist Klaus von Clausewitz described diplomacy as "war by other reasons". Today, the battle for heritage in the international arena and, particularly, the identity theft of the Jewish narrative is no less lethal in intent.

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Israel to join West at UN Human Rights Commission

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 5, 2013

Israel’s isolation at the United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) is about to come to an end as it joins the Western group of nations (WEOG) at the commission.

Israel has officially been invited to join the group as part of the deal in which it agreed to end its unofficial boycott of the UNHRC last month.

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Translator says what everyone is thinking about the UN and Israel

By Rosa Freedman, November 22, 2013

The United Nations’ excessive focus on Israel has long been documented by the media and academics. It came as little surprise, then, that last week the General Assembly passed nine resolutions on Israel.

That number of resolutions on the Jewish state has become commonplace at the assembly, so much so that, in-and-of-itself, the meeting was not deemed newsworthy.

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UN chief Ban Ki-moon to visit Auschwitz

By Charlotte Oliver, November 13, 2013

Ban Ki-moon will be the first-ever United Nations secretary-general to visit Auschwitz next week, according to UN spokesperson Martin Nesirsky.

In a statement released yesterday, it was announced that Mr Ban would fly to Krakow, Poland next Monday, following visits to Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania.

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Middle East economy slumps in face of Syrian refugees

By Alex Brummer, November 4, 2013

Hope for economic prosperity in the Middle East and North Africa in the wake of the Arab Spring have been dashed by successive crises in the region.

Global disappointment at the situation was palpable at the annual International Monetary Fund and World Bank meeting in Washington this month.

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Israel plans to run for UN Security Council

By Charlotte Oliver, October 4, 2013

Israel plans to run for a rotating seat on the United Nations Security Council for 2019-2020, its UN Ambassador Ron Prosor said yesterday.

Mr Prosor told Reuters that Israel would face Germany and Belgium for one of two seats given to the “Western European and Others Group”. It will be the first time the country has put itself forward.

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Obama calls for a ‘meaningful’ deal with Iran at UN

By Sandy Rashty, September 24, 2013

US President Barack Obama welcomed the new Iranian government’s “moderate course” in an address to the United Nations General Assembly today.

He also called for a “meaningful agreement” on the Islamic Republic’s nuclear development and a resolution on the Syria chemical arms issue.

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