United Nations

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.


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.


Obama extending olive branch to Iran?

By Sandy Rashty, September 16, 2013

The US and Iranian presidents, Barack Obama and Hassan Rouhani, may meet at the United Nations in New York next week following an exchange of letters between the two leaders.


British Academy urged to snub Richard Falk

By Marcus Dysch, August 30, 2013

Britain’s leading humanities and social sciences academy has distanced itself from a conference that is expected to feature a controversial anti-Israel speaker.

The British Academy said it was not aware of plans for the Human Rights in Palestine conference, despite its logo appearing on the event’s promotional material.


Rot showing in UN human rights body

By Rosa Freedman, August 23, 2013

The United Nations Human Rights Council protects, promotes and develops international human rights. It is the UN’s principal human rights body.

The council was created seven years ago because its predecessor, the Commission on Human Rights, had failed.


Ban Ki-moon admits: UN biased against Israel

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 22, 2013

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon admitted in a rare encounter with Israeli students last week that the organisation he heads is biased against Israel.


Antisemite Mahathir Mohamad gets green light from UN

By Zoe Winograd, August 8, 2013

A United Nations committee is to work with a non-governmental organisation founded by former Malaysian prime minister, Mahathir Mohamad, who once stated he was “glad to be labelled antisemitic”.


Power pledges to support Israel at UN

By Ellis Bolle, July 18, 2013

Samantha Power, President Obama's nominee to be the US ambassador to the United Nations, has promised to combat what she called the “unacceptable bias” against Israel at the global body.

The decision to appoint Mrs Power raised initial concerns in Jerusalem due to her past statements on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.


Israel rejects fresh UN ‘child shield’ claims

By Shira Rubin, June 27, 2013

Palestinian children are tortured and used as human shields by Israeli military and police forces, according to a report released on Thursday by a United Nations human rights watchdog.


Unesco heritage committee rounds on Israel over Jerusalem

By Anna Sheinman, June 26, 2013

The Israeli government has condemned a Unesco resolution which criticises its policies towards the Old City of Jerusalem, saying it is a “dark day for Unesco”.

The Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation was “acting outside the boundary of reality”.