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  • Abbas: Israel operation in Gaza is ‘genocide’

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    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called Israel’s expanded operation in Gaza a “genocide.”

    “It’s genocide — the killing of entire families is genocide by Israel against our Palestinian people,” he told a meeting of the Palestinian leadership at his headquarters in the...

  • U.N.’s Ban visits Auschwitz

    November 18, 2013 | 11:14 am

    Ban Ki-moon, the secretary-general of the United Nations, paid tribute to victims of the Holocaust at a visit to Auschwitz.

    On Monday, Ban viewed the public exhibits and laid flowers in front of the wall where inmates of the Nazi death camp were shot to death, according to...

  • U.S. readies strikes, Syrians prepare for attack

    August 28, 2013 | 10:59 am

    People in Damascus stocked up on supplies on Wednesday and some left homes close to potential targets as U.S. officials described plans for multi-national strikes on Syria that could last for days.

    United Nations chemical weapons experts completed a second field trip to...

  • Alleged Syrian chemical attack against civilians ‘terribly disturbing,’ Netanyahu says

    August 22, 2013 | 9:15 am

    Israel said on Thursday it believed Syrian forces had used chemical weapons in the killing of hundreds of people in the rebel-held suburbs of Damascus, and accused the world of turning a blind eye to such attacks.

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said if Syria is not...

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  • Ban backtracking on U.N. bias disappoints Israeli officials

    August 21, 2013 | 9:47 am

    Israeli officials said they were disappointed that U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon backtracked on his statements that Israel faces bias and discrimination at the world body.

    Unnamed Israeli officials made their comments Tuesday to Israeli media outlets a day after Ban amended...

  • Ban Ki-Moon in Jerusalem

    August 19, 2013 | 10:28 am

    The first feature I ever filed for JTA, way back in 2006, was about the cautious optimism greeting the announcement that a soft-spoken career diplomat would replace Kofi Annan at the United Nations.

    At the time, no one outside the rarefied halls of the UN had ever heard of Ban...

  • Abbas: Final-status issues discussed at first round of peace talks

    August 16, 2013 | 10:45 am

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said Israel and the Palestinians discussed all the final-status issues in the first session of peace talks held in Jerusalem.

    Abbas’ comments were made Thursday after a meeting with U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in Ramallah, the...

  • Livni sees peace talks aiding Arab world alliance shift

    August 16, 2013 | 8:28 am

    Israel's top peace negotiator said on Friday newly resumed talks with the Palestinians also held a wider opportunity for Israel to seek alliances with Arab world moderates against militants in the Middle East.

    The U.S.-brokered talks were renewed last month after a three-year...

  • Happy birthday Mr. Mandela!

    July 18, 2013 | 10:14 am

    South Africa and the world showered tributes on Nelson Mandela on Thursday as the anti-apartheid leader turned 95 in hospital and his doctors reported he was "steadily improving" from a six-week lung infection.

    The country has been on edge since the former president and father of...

  • Malala Yousafzai: ‘Our books and our pens are the most powerful weapons’

    July 12, 2013 | 12:57 pm

    This is a transcription of the speech that Malala Yousafzai gave to the United Nations on 12 July 2013, the date of her 16th birthday and "Malala Day" at the UN.

    In the name of God, the most beneficent, the most merciful.

    Honorable UN Secretary General Mr Ban Ki-moon, respected...

  • Pakistan’s Malala, shot by Taliban, takes education plea to U.N. [VIDEO]

    July 12, 2013 | 12:04 pm

    Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl who was shot in the head by the Taliban last year for demanding education for girls, marked her 16th birthday with a passionate speech at the United Nations on Friday in which she said education could change the world.

    "Let us pick up our...

  • U.N. hopes chemical arms team deploys to Syria soon

    March 27, 2013 | 12:02 pm

    The United Nations hopes that a team investigating allegations about the use of chemical weapons in Syria's civil war will deploy to the country as early as next week, U.N. diplomatic sources said on Wednesday.

    U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday named Swedish scientist...

  • International Women’s Day 2013: What You Can Do!

    By Maya Paley

    March 8, 2013 | 12:18 pm

    What is International Women's Day?

    From 1909-1913, women of the Socialist Party of America began observing National Women’s Day at the end of February each year. In 1910, at the International Conference of Working Women, Clara Zetkin of Germany proposed the idea of an...

  • Syria rebels want troop pullback before they free U.N. men

    March 7, 2013 | 8:45 am

    Rebels holding 21 U.N. peacekeepers near the Golan Heights in southern Syria say government forces must leave the area before they free their "guests", an activist in touch with the fighters said on Thursday.

    Rami Abdelrahman of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights quoted a...

  • Erdogan at UN forum: Zionism is ‘crime against humanity’ [VIDEO]

    February 28, 2013 | 5:28 am

    Amid rampant hate speech against Jews published in newspapers in Turkey, Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said at a United Nations meeting that anti-Semitism, Zionism and Islamophobia were all “crimes against humanity.”

    Speaking Wednesday at the “Fifth Alliance of...

  • By the numbers: Rising Syrian death toll, refugee wave

    January 30, 2013 | 2:29 pm

    Here is a look at the rising human cost of Syria's civil war as U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon announced on Wednesday that international donors had pledged more than $1.5 billion to aid displaced Syrians, meeting a U.N. target.

    DEATH TOLL IN SYRIA

    - The United Nations said earlier this...

  • Near silence after Stevie Wonder cancels FIDF performance

    By Danielle Berrin

    December 4, 2012 | 3:30 pm

    An unusual silence has blanketed the circumstances leading up to music icon Stevie Wonder’s canceled performance at the Friends of Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) Western Region Gala on Dec. 6 at the Hyatt Regency in Century City. 

    The 25-time Grammy winner was set to appear for an...

  • Syria violating agreement with Israel, Ban tells U.N. Security Council

    December 4, 2012 | 1:59 pm

    The Syrian government is violating a 1974 disengagement agreement with Israel, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said.

    Syria is deploying military equipment and troops over the cease-fire line on the Golan Heights, Ban said in a report delivered Monday to the Security Council,...

  • Palestinians warn Israel must be held accountable over settlements

    December 4, 2012 | 8:53 am

    The Palestinians accused Israel in a letter to the United Nations of planning to commit further "war crimes" by expanding Jewish settlements after the Palestinians won de facto U.N. recognition of statehood and warned that Jerusalem must be held accountable.

    In the letter to U.N....

  • Netanyahu: No Palestinian state until negotiations, despite U.N. vote

    November 29, 2012 | 7:25 am

    The Palestinians will not achieve a state without first recognizing Israel as a Jewish State and sitting down to direct negotiations, Benjamin Netanyahu said.

    The prime minister of Israel made his remarks on Thursday morning, the 65th anniversary of the United Nations approval of...

  • Ban at interfaith meeting in Vienna offers hopes for lasting cease-fire

    November 28, 2012 | 12:02 pm

    United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at a meeting promoting interfaith dialogue said he hoped the cease-fire between Israel and Gaza would hold.

    Jewish interfaith leaders joined Muslim and Christian leaders for Tuesday's meeting in Vienna, which came in conjunction with...

  • A year after signing power transfer deal, Yemenis divided over government’s performance

    November 28, 2012 | 9:32 am

    [SANA’A] Last week, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Gulf Cooperation Council Secretary-General Abdullatif Bin Rashid Al Zayani visited Yemen to mark the first anniversary of the deal that saw former President Ali Abdullah Saleh relinquish power to his longtime...

  • Israel, Hamas teams in Cairo for more truce talks

    November 26, 2012 | 10:58 am

    Egyptian mediators began separate talks on Monday with Hamas and with Israel to flesh out details of a ceasefire agreed last week that ended eight days of fighting in the Gaza Strip.

    An Egyptian official told Reuters the talks would discuss Palestinian demands for the opening of...

  • With cease-fire talks proceeding, Israel reportedly holding off on ground invasion

    November 20, 2012 | 9:12 am

    Israel reportedly has held off on a ground invasion of the Gaza Strip in order to give cease-fire talks a chance to work.

    News reports on Tuesday cited an unnamed Israeli official as saying that the ground invasion was delayed as Egypt attempts to negotiate a cease-fire between...

  • More diplomacy to try to halt Israel-Gaza fighting

    November 18, 2012 | 9:09 pm

    Hostilities between Islamist militants and Israel entered a sixth day on Monday as diplomatic efforts were set to intensify to try to stop rocket fire from the Gaza Strip and Israeli air strikes on Gaza.

    International pressure for a ceasefire seemed certain to mount after the...

  • UN Chief Ban Ki-Moon urges end to “dangerous escalation” in Gaza

    November 16, 2012 | 10:03 am

    U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday called on Israel and Hamas to "stop this dangerous escalation" in the Gaza Strip to avoid further bloodshed in Israel and the Palestinian territories, Ban's spokesman said.

    "The Secretary-General is extremely concerned about the...

  • U.N. Security Council calls emergency session on Israel raids

    November 14, 2012 | 5:45 pm

    The U.N. Security Council will hold a closed emergency meeting on Wednesday night to discuss Israeli strikes against the Gaza Strip as Israel threatened a wider offensive in the Palestinian enclave to stem rocket salvoes by Hamas militants.

    The French U.N. mission said on its...

  • Barak: Current episode with Gaza ‘not over’

    November 13, 2012 | 7:25 am

    Israel's Defense Minister Ehud Barak said the current episode of rocket fire from Gaza is not over, during a visit to the border with Gaza.

    Barak on Tuesday held a security analysis with the Israel Defense Forces chiefs in the area, including Gaza Division Commander Brig. Gen....

  • Air strikes, car bombs wreck last day of Syrian ‘truce’

    October 29, 2012 | 4:30 pm

    Syrian jets bombed parts of Damascus on Monday in what residents said were the capital's fiercest air raids yet, at the end of what was supposed to be a four-day truce.

    "More than 100 buildings have been destroyed, some leveled to the ground," said opposition activist Moaz...

  • My country is under attack. Do you care?

    October 26, 2012 | 9:54 am

    I'm angry.

    You see, as most Americans were waking up this morning, and those in Europe and elsewhere around the world were going about their daily routines, here in Israel -- over one million people were running for cover from a hail of rockets being rained down by Palestinian...

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