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  • UNESCO board formally approves resolution denying Jewish holy sites

    October 18, 2016 | 9:09 am

    The executive board of the United Nations cultural agency voted to adopt a controversial resolution that denies a Jewish connection to the Old City of Jerusalem.

    The board reportedly formally approved the resolution on Tuesday morning in the final day of its meeting in Paris.

    ...
  • Memorial to Peres held at UN headquarters in New York

    September 29, 2016 | 11:39 am

    United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he “had the privilege to benefit from his wisdom” at a memorial service for former Israeli President Shimon Peres at the world body’s headquarters in New York.

    Ambassadors from more than 40 countries attended the memorial held by...

  • English can be the official second language of Israel

    September 7, 2016 | 3:28 pm

    English is the widest used language in the world, a language that is truly universal. It can also be considered a convenient, practical, and most common language for Jews to use around the world. Therefore, it makes a lot of sense for Israel to transform itself into both an English...

  • UN envoy slams Israel for settlement building

    August 30, 2016 | 11:40 am

    A special United Nations envoy condemned Israel for continuing to build in West Bank settlements and neighborhoods in eastern Jerusalem.

    Nickolay Mladenov, the U.N. special coordinator for the Middle East peace process, criticized Israel for going against the recommendations of...

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  • One year on, the Iran deal is still bad

    July 26, 2016 | 11:15 am

    A decade of nuclear negotiations with Iran were meant to prevent Tehran from developing nuclear weapons, force Iran to reveal its past clandestine activities and impose permanent restrictions on Iran’s civil nuclear program. The deal was also supposed to create effective inspection...

  • Israel to UNESCO: Don’t erase Jews’ connection to Jerusalem

    July 12, 2016 | 9:31 am

    Israel’s Foreign Ministry sent a letter to members of a United Nations committee condemning a draft resolution that negates Jewish historical ties to the Temple Mount and Jerusalem.

    The World Heritage Committee of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural...

  • Israel’s envoy to UN elected chairman of standing committee in historic vote

    June 14, 2016 | 10:36 am

    Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations was elected chairman of the U.N. Legal Committee — the first time an Israeli has been chosen to head a permanent committee of the world body.

    Danny Danon received 109 out of 175 votes in the General Assembly on Monday to head what is also...

  • #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...

  • Iran asks U.N. chief to intervene with U.S. after court ruling

    April 28, 2016 | 3:14 pm

    Iran asked U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon on Thursday to convince the United States to stop violating state immunity after the top U.S. court ruled that $2 billion in frozen Iranian assets must be paid to American victims of attacks blamed on Tehran.

    Iran's Foreign Minister Javid Zarif...

  • A resolution against the U.N.

    By David Suissa

    March 30, 2016 | 11:25 am

    How should the Jewish community respond to the latest outrage from the United Nations singling out Israel for special condemnation? Even for the United Nations, this latest theater of the absurd takes the cake. Consider: If you had to pick one country to condemn for violating...

  • Iran missile tests were ‘in defiance of’ U.N. resolution

    March 29, 2016 | 2:06 pm

    By launching nuclear-capable missiles Iran has defied a United Nations Security Council resolution that endorsed last year's historic nuclear deal, the United States and its European allies said in a joint letter seen by Reuters on Tuesday.

    Iran's recent ballistic tests involved...

  • Europe should hire Israel, not condemn it

    By David Suissa

    March 22, 2016 | 6:40 pm

    Do you know what European honchos were doing in Geneva recently even as the Islamic State was planning another terror attack on their continent? They were preparing yet another condemnation of Israel, this time with an ironic twist.

    They were targeting Israel for its actions in...

  • Iran seen escaping U.N. sanctions over missiles due to ambiguous resolution

    March 17, 2016 | 2:12 pm

    Iran will likely escape new United Nations sanctions, though the U.N. Security Council could issue a public reprimand for recent launches of what Western officials described as ballistic missiles capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, diplomats said.

    Council diplomats said the...

  • Putin says Russians to start withdrawing from Syria, as peace talks resume

    March 14, 2016 | 3:05 pm

    President Vladimir Putin announced out of the blue on Monday that "the main part" of Russian armed forces in Syria will start to withdraw, telling his diplomats to step up the push for peace as U.N.-mediated talks resumed on ending the five-year-old war.

    Syria rejected any...

  • Israel’s Rivlin to UN envoy Samantha Power: Tell Abbas direct talks are urgent

    February 16, 2016 | 12:37 pm

    Israel’s president told Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, to send a message to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas: Direct talks are the only way to end their conflict.

    Power, making her first visit to Israel as U.N. envoy, arrived on Saturday....

  • North Korea tells U.N. agencies it plans satellite launch

    February 2, 2016 | 11:40 am

    North Korea told U.N. agencies on Tuesday it plans to launch a satellite as early as next week, a move that could advance the country's long-range missile technology after its fourth nuclear test on Jan. 6.

    News of the planned launch between Feb. 8 and Feb. 25 drew fresh U.S....

  • After nuclear test, U.N. readying new measures against North Korea

    January 6, 2016 | 11:13 am

    The U.N. Security Council said on Wednesday it would begin working immediately on significant new measures in response to North Korea's fourth nuclear test, a threat diplomats said could mean an expansion of U.N. sanctions against Pyongyang.

    North Korea said it successfully...

  • Trump: Iran has violated the nuclear deal

    January 4, 2016 | 10:09 am

    Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump on Saturday called on the U.S. to impose sanctions on Iran for violating the nuclear deal.

    Trump started off his speech at a campaign rally in Biloxi, Miss., Saturday evening by blasting the Obama administration over the...

  • United Nations to recognize Yom Kippur as official holiday

    December 18, 2015 | 1:40 pm

    The United Nations will for the first time recognize Yom Kippur as an official holiday.

    Starting in 2016, no official meetings will take place on the Jewish day of atonement at the international body’s New York headquarters, and Jewish employees there will be able to miss work...

  • Rouhani: U.N.‘s closure of probe into Iran’s nuclear past is political victory

    December 16, 2015 | 11:32 am

    President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday a U.N. watchdog's closure of investigations into Iran's past nuclear activities is a political victory for the country, lifting the main obstacle to implementing Tehran's deal with world powers.

    The 35-nation governing board of the...

  • Iran’s October missile test violated U.N. ban, expert panel says

    December 15, 2015 | 2:41 pm

    Iran violated a U.N. Security Council resolution in October by test firing a missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead, a team of sanctions monitors said, leading to calls in the U.S. Congress on Tuesday for more sanctions on Tehran.

    The White House warned that it would not...

  • Iran tested missile, breaching U.N. Security Council resolutions

    December 7, 2015 | 2:25 pm

    Iran tested a new medium-range ballistic missile last month in a breach of two U.N. Security Council resolutions, two U.S. officials said on Monday.

    The officials, both speaking on condition of anonymity, said the test was held on Nov. 21. One of them said the missile traveled...

  • Iran made limited coordinated effort towards making nuclear bomb up to end of 2003, IAEA says

    December 2, 2015 | 10:02 am

    Iran made a coordinated, if limited, effort before the end of 2003 relevant to the making of nuclear weapons, the U.N. nuclear watchdog said in a confidential report seen by Reuters on Wednesday.

    The report, required under a July deal between Tehran and six world powers, was...

  • November 29: The Jewish Thanksgiving Day

    By Judea Pearl

    November 24, 2015 | 6:08 pm

    For several years now, I have been campaigning to declare Nov. 29 as the Jewish Thanksgiving Day, a day to give thanks to Lady History and to the many heroic players who stood behind the historic United Nations vote on Nov. 29, 1947, an event that has changed so dramatically the...

  • Iran starts dismantling nuclear equipment, U.N. report says

    November 18, 2015 | 10:29 am

    Iran has disconnected almost a quarter of its uranium-enriching centrifuges in less than a month, the U.N. nuclear watchdog said on Wednesday, suggesting it is racing to implement an agreement restricting its nuclear activities. 

    Under the July deal, sanctions against Iran will...

  • Israel blasts Palestinians after accusations of organ-harvesting

    November 4, 2015 | 5:17 pm

    The Israeli ambassador to the United Nations on Wednesday rejected Palestinian allegations that Israel had recently harvested organs from Palestinians its forces had killed, condemning the charges as anti-Semitic.

    In a letter to British Ambassador Matthew Rycroft, president of...

  • Ban Ki Moon, Whatever it is You’re Trying to Do - Please Stop.

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 20, 2015 | 7:15 am

    Yesterday, we got a surprising news alert – The UN Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon, will stop by for a surprise visit to Israel. After almost three weeks of living under terror threats, having to face biased and misleading coverage of the Palestinian terror attacks aimed at Israeli...

  • Iran deal closer to reality as U.S. prepares sanctions waivers

    October 19, 2015 | 3:13 pm

    The United States approved conditional sanctions waivers for Iran on Sunday, though it cautioned they would not take effect until Tehran has curbed its nuclear program as required under a historic nuclear deal reached in Vienna on July 14.

    "Today marks an important milestone...

  • U.S. confirms Iran tested nuclear-capable ballistic missile

    October 16, 2015 | 1:36 pm

    The United States has confirmed that Iran tested a medium-range missile capable of delivering a nuclear weapon, in "clear violation" of a United Nations Security Council ban on ballistic missile tests, a senior U.S. official said on Friday.

    "The United States is deeply concerned...

  • U.N. says Iran meets deadline for investigation of nuclear past

    October 15, 2015 | 2:34 pm

    Iran has met a deadline to give the U.N. nuclear watchdog information it needs to assess whether Tehran sought to develop nuclear weapons in the past, the agency said on Thursday, a step towards carrying out a deal between Tehran and world powers.

    The apparent progress reported...

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