United Nations

Abbas may return to UN

February 16, 2012

The Palestinian Authority is threatening to resume its attempt to gain recognition of a Palestinian state at the UN if Israel does not agree to freeze all settlement activity.

The ultimatum was delivered by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at a meeting of the Arab League on Sunday and in a letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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UNESCO cuts funding for 'antisemitic' Palestinian magazine

By Jennifer Lipman, December 23, 2011

UNESCO has cut off funding to a Palestinian children’s magazine that was revealed to have featured articles glorifying Adolf Hitler.

A human rights organisation, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre, had sent a public letter of complaint to the UN’s cultural arm about its sponsorship of the ‘antisemitic’ publication, Zayzafuna.

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UNESCO criticised for 'antisemitic' Palestinian kids magazine

By Jennifer Lipman, December 22, 2011

The UN’s cultural arm has been criticised by a human rights organisation for publishing a magazine featuring an "antisemitic" article that praised Adolf Hitler.

The Simon Wiesenthal Centre took issue with the UNESCO magazine for Palestinian children, which in February 2011 carried an article by a young girl about meeting the Nazi leader in a dream.

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UN votes to implement Durban plan

By Nathalie Rothschild, November 24, 2011

The UN General Assembly this week approved a draft resolution to implement the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action.

The resolution, approved at a UN Social, Humanitarian Cultural Affairs Committee meeting after some revisions, was passed on Tuesday with 126 votes in favour and five against.

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Israeli diplomacy scores a rare victory at UN

November 17, 2011

The Palestinian bid for full UN membership was dealt a blow last weekend when the Security Council revealed that it lacked the necessary nine votes to bring a resolution on the issue.

This signalled a rare diplomatic victory for Israel, which succeeded in persuading at least seven Council members to not support the resolution.

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Britain, France ready to abstain on Palestinian UN vote

By Jennifer Lipman, November 4, 2011

The British and French governments are reportedly planning to abstain if the Palestinian Authority's unilateral bid for UN membership reaches a vote.

The Palestinians won membership of the UN cultural agency UNESCO week, a move which France backed but Britain abstained on.

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Palestinian Authority must play by UNESCO's rules

By Shimon Samuels, November 3, 2011

In the 1980s, UNESCO was a theatre for the Cold War. When the USA and the UK walked out in 1984, they cited mismanagement; the real motive was a series of Soviet-led resolutions against press freedom.

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UNESCO vote prompts Israel anger

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 3, 2011

Israel has responded to the acceptance of Palestine as a full member of the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) with a range of sanctions against the Palestinian Authority.

But ministers are split over whether funds to the PA should be cut off.

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Palestinians: UNESCO vote 'opens door' to other UN agencies

By Jennifer Lipman, November 1, 2011

The Palestinians hope their success in gaining UNESCO membership will be followed by acceptance by 16 other UN agencies.

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UNESCO votes yes to Palestinian membership

By Jennifer Lipman, October 31, 2011

The United Nations cultural agency has placed itself at risk of losing funding after it gave the Palestinians full membership.

In a move that was opposed by the United States, UNESCO delegates voted to admit the Palestinians as a full member of the Paris-based agency.

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