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  • #ShareHumanity: One Tweet Can Make a Difference

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    April 29, 2016 | 8:01 am

    As I walked into the lobby of the New York Headquarters of the United Nations Building on Monday, an overhead announcement said, "The Security Council is now in session." I felt a bit like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, thinking, "How did I get here? We are certainly not in Kansas...

  • Israel says has mended fences with EU in Netanyahu-Mogherini call

    February 12, 2016 | 2:07 pm

    Israel said on Friday it had resolved its differences with the European Union after weeks of diplomatic tension following an EU decision not to allow goods produced in settlements in the West Bank to be labeled "Made in Israel".

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke by phone...

  • Palestinian envoy pushes for new UN efforts, ‘collective approach’

    January 29, 2016 | 1:25 pm

    Palestinian officials said they want to “keep the hope alive and keep the two-state solution alive” through new efforts at the United Nations.

    Riyad Mansour, the Palestinian envoy to the UN, said Friday, “We will not accept that the year 2016 is a year when we cannot do...

  • UN remembers 6 million dead Jews as Ban Ki Moon’s words endanger 6 million live Jews

    January 27, 2016 | 8:38 am

    Then UN Secretary General Kofi Annan once acknowledged that the United Nations “rose from the ashes of the Holocaust” to save the remnants of European Jewry and provide the Jewish people with an opportunity to fulfill their age-old aspirations through the new nation state of...

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  • UN’s Ban: ‘Frustration’ is to blame for Palestinian violence against Israelis

    January 26, 2016 | 11:42 am

    Palestinian violence against Israel is a result of Palestinian “frustration” over “a half century of occupation and the paralysis of the peace process,” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said.

    Ban called on Israel to freeze building in the settlements and to apply...

  • U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon comes to Israel in bid to calm tensions

    October 20, 2015 | 9:11 am

    United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has come to Israel in an effort to tamp down the current wave of violence.

    The hastily arranged visit has Ban meeting Tuesday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin, as well as with Palestinian...

  • Humanitarian crisis in Syria worsens

    September 29, 2015 | 8:35 am

    This article first appeared on The Media Line.

    As world attention has focused on the tide of Syrian refugees trying to reach Europe, aid organizations try to contend with a growing humanitarian crisis inside Syria. According to the United Nations, 7.6 million people have been...

  • Israel slams Palestinians’ push to fly their flag at U.N.

    September 1, 2015 | 2:04 pm

    Israel on Tuesday complained to the United Nations about a Palestinian initiative to fly their flag alongside full member states' at the world body's headquarters, calling it "another cynical misuse of the U.N. by the Palestinian Authority."

    Currently, only member states' flags...

  • Iran may have built extension at disputed site, U.N. nuclear watchdog says

    August 27, 2015 | 12:03 pm

    Iran appears to have built an extension to part of its Parchin military site since May, the U.N. nuclear watchdog said in a report on Thursday, as part of its inquiry into possible military dimensions of Tehran's past nuclear activity.

    A resolution of the International Atomic...

  • Read the full text of the Iran Deal here

    July 14, 2015 | 10:15 am

    The 159-page final Iran Deal agreement is available online for anyone who's interested in reading it in its entirety. Below is the first part of the document.


    Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action

    Vienna, 14 July 2015

    PREFACE

    The E3/EU+3 (China, France, Germany, the Russian...

  • With Europe drifting away, is Israel making new friends in the U.N.?

    July 10, 2015 | 9:24 am

    While significant, the vote by European countries in favor of adopting the latest United Nations report accusing Israel of possible war crimes in the 2014 Gaza war is neither unique nor particularly surprising.

    More noteworthy were the abstentions by Indian and four other...

  • Israel disputes U.N. report finding it may have committed Gaza war crimes

    June 22, 2015 | 9:11 am

    Israel disputed on Monday the findings of a U.N. report that it may have committed war crimes in the 2014 Gaza conflict, saying its forces acted "according to the highest international standards".

    There was no immediate comment from Hamas, the dominant Palestinian movement in the...

  • Israel says U.N. grants Hamas-linked group NGO status

    June 1, 2015 | 2:38 pm

    Israel on Monday accused a U.N. committee that oversees non-governmental organizations of granting U.N accreditation to an association that it said promotes "anti-Israel propaganda in Europe" and is linked to the militant Palestinian group Hamas.

    Israel's mission to the United...

  • U.S. official in Israel to discuss Mideast nuclear arms ban

    May 22, 2015 | 8:30 am

    A senior U.S. official is in Israel to discuss the possibility of a compromise that would keep alive the idea of someday banning nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East, U.S. officials and U.N. diplomats said on Thursday.

    Friday is the final day of a...

  • U.N. inquiry finds Israel fired on its schools, Hamas hid weapons in its buildings

    April 28, 2015 | 9:25 am

    Israel fired on seven United Nations schools and Hamas hid weapons in at least three empty U.N. buildings during Israel’s operation in Gaza in 2014, according to an inquiry.

    Some 44 Palestinians sheltering in the U.N. schools bombed by the Israelis were killed and Hamas also...

  • Eyeing Arab ties, Israel to observe nuclear pact meeting

    April 27, 2015 | 8:53 am

    Israel will take part as an observer in a major nuclear non-proliferation conference that opens at the United Nations on Monday, ending a 20-year absence in hope of fostering dialogue with Arab states, a senior Israeli official said.

    Assumed to have the Middle East's sole nuclear...

  • No longer the UN, but UNAI – United Nations Against Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 24, 2015 | 9:46 am

    Israel is a leading country when it comes to women’s rights. There’s no doubt that the sky is the limit to all women here, and any woman can do and be anything her heart desires (under the limits of the still ongoing women discrimination worldwide.) If you look at our neighbors,...

  • U.S. may no longer hinder Israel-critical U.N. actions

    March 19, 2015 | 8:58 am

    The Obama administration may reconsider shielding Israel from critical actions in international forums, according to reports.

    Politico and the New York Times on Thursday each quoted unnamed senior administration officials as saying that the United States may back a U.N. Security...

  • Good riddance, Schabas (but will this change anything?)

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 3, 2015 | 4:06 am

    William Schabas, head of a United Nations Human Rights Commission inquiry into last summer’s conflict in Gaza, was a poor choice for a wretched job. He’s now resigned, “following Israeli allegations of bias due to consultancy work he did for the Palestine Liberation Organization...

  • Israel tells U.N. will defend itself against Hezbollah

    January 28, 2015 | 9:04 am

    Israel told the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday it will take all necessary measures to defend itself after an exchange of fire between Hezbollah militants and Israel that has raised the threat of a full-blown conflict.

    "Israel will not stand by as Hezbollah targets Israelis,"...

  • U.N. head sets date for Palestinian membership in ICC

    January 7, 2015 | 9:34 am

    United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon announced that Palestine will join the International Criminal Court on April 1.

    The accession to the court will allow the Palestinians to press war-crimes charges against Israel.

    Ban made the announcement late Tuesday night, days...

  • Abbas seeks to re-submit statehood bid to U.N. Security Council

    January 5, 2015 | 8:49 am

    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Sunday he was discussing with Jordan plans to resubmit to the United Nations Security Council a resolution calling for the establishment of a Palestinian state that failed to win enough votes last week.

    Jordan remains a member of the...

  • Palestinians deliver to U.N. documents to join war crimes court

    January 2, 2015 | 11:56 am

    In a move certain to anger Israel and Washington, the Palestinians on Friday delivered to U.N. headquarters documents on joining the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court and more than a dozen other international treaties.

    The chief Palestinian observer, Riyad Mansour,...

  • Britain says cannot support new Palestinian U.N. draft resolution

    December 30, 2014 | 9:27 am

    Britain joined the United States on Tuesday, declaring that it cannot support a new Palestinian draft proposal calling for peace with Israel within a year and an end of the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories by late 2017.

    Jordan on Tuesday circulated to the U.N....

  • Question of Palestine Debate

    December 8, 2014 | 12:07 pm

    Delivered to UN General Assembly on November 24th.

    Mr. President, 

    I stand before the world as a proud representative of the State of Israel and the Jewish people. I stand tall before you knowing that truth and morality are on my side.  And yet, I...

  • Iran seeks post on key U.N. committee, Israel deems it ‘absurd’

    December 2, 2014 | 3:54 pm

    Iran is seeking a senior post on a United Nations committee that decides accreditation of non-governmental organizations, a move that Israel on Tuesday compared to gangster Al Capone running the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation.

    Iran was elected to the 19-member committee in...

  • Israeli ambassador to the UN said “J’accuse” to the global community

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 25, 2014 | 8:20 am

    Israeli ambassador to the UN, Ron Prosor, slammed members of the UN for their hypocrisy and double standards regarding Israel. At the United Nation's annual commemoration of their vote on the partition of the British Mandate 67 years ago, as part of the international day of...

  • Netanyahu: No chance for peace deal if Israel sued for war crimes

    October 3, 2014 | 12:03 pm

    A Palestinian push to try Israeli officials for war crimes at a United Nations tribunal would end any chance of reaching a peace deal, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.

    Netanyahu spoke to Army Radio on Friday, a day after the Palestinian Authority’s envoy to the...

  • ‘Breaking the Silence’ and Gaza

    September 10, 2014 | 12:48 pm

    The shooting war in Gaza was again accompanied by a massive political and media attack against Israel, with accusations of “war crimes” and “human rights violations” in parallel to the barrages of rockets and missiles.

    The weapons and soldiers in the political war are led by the...

  • Israel’s land seizure: political favor or West Bank game-changer?

    September 2, 2014 | 3:19 pm

    In the days after the war in Gaza concluded, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared to bear left.

    He spoke of a “possible diplomatic horizon” for Israel on Aug. 27 and suggested a return to Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. Reports emerged that Netanyahu had met...

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