United Nations

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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UN Palestine expert Falk: Hamas like French resistance

By Jennifer Lipman, January 28, 2013

The United Nation's Palestine expert has compared Hamas terrorists to fighters with the French resistance during the Holocaust.

Richard Falk, UN special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories, made the comments in a piece posted on the Liberal Democrat Friends of Palestine website.

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Boycott plan for UN Human Rights Council Israel review

By Jennifer Lipman, January 25, 2013

A planned session of the UN Human Rights Council is likely to be boycotted by Israel as a protest against the group's perceived stance on the Jewish state.

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Security Council members blast Israel on settlement plan

By Sandy Rashty, December 19, 2012

Four Security Council members, including the United Kingdom, issued a joint statement on Wednesday attacking Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to proceed with the E1 settlement plan.

The UK, France, Germany and Portugal said they “strongly oppose” the decision to build 2,612 housing units in East Jerusalem.

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A double-standard abstention

By Melanie Phillips, December 9, 2012

The double standard was breathtaking. The UN vote to give the Palestinians non-member, observer status has smashed the Middle East peace process to bits.

In bringing this to the General Assembly, Mahmoud Abbas was in unilateral breach of his obligation under the Oslo Accords to proceed by way of bilateral negotiations with Israel.

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UN ignored Israel’s security needs, says Netanyahu

By Sandy Rashty, December 6, 2012

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the United Nations “completely ignored Israel’s security needs” when it granted Palestine non-member status.

Mr Netanyahu made the statement during a diplomatic visit to Prague on Wednesday, in which he thanked the Czech Republic for voting against the Palestinian UN bid.

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Peer criticises US relationship with 'powerful Jewish community'

By Jennifer Lipman, December 4, 2012

A Liberal Democrat peer has referred to the role of the "huge and powerful Jewish community" in the United States' decision to vote against last week's Palestinian United Nations bid.

Despite opposition from the Obama administration and an abstention on the part of the UK, the Palestinians won observer status at the UN General A ssembly last Thursday.

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The ally you never knew Israel had: Micronesia

By Anna Sheinman, November 30, 2012

The inevitable has happened. The PA has been upgraded in the UN General Assembly with a huge majority vote.

Israel was against the motion, as was its eternal ally the US, and Canada presumably does as it’s told. The traditionally pro-Israel Czech Republic also said nay.

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