United Nations

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”.


Israel losing support by ignoring hostile UN human rights body

By Rosa Freedman, June 14, 2013

Israel once again found itself criticised and condemned at the United Nations Human Rights Council this week at that body’s 23rd session in Geneva. And Israel was not there to rebut it, having stuck to its decision in January to disengage from the Council. This is a stance that undermines Israel in the eyes of the many states unconcerned with the conflict in the Occupied Territories.


Is US envoy to UN a lady leopard with new spots?

By Jonathan Adelman, June 13, 2013

The recent announcement by the Obama administration of the appointment of Samantha Power as United States Ambassador to the United Nations has aroused consternation among many in the Jewish community.


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”.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.