Tag: United Nations

UN chief Ban Ki-moon to set up Gaza conflict inquiry

He said the independent investigation would look into most serious cases where innocent people were killed.   The inquiry will also analyse the reported use of UN facilities by Palestinian militants to store weapons.   Some 2,100 Palestinians were killed in the conflict, along with 67 Israeli soldiers and six civilians in Israel.   The […]

Lacking a plan, Abbas opts for rhetoric

Abbas has staked his decade-long presidency on the pursuit of an independent Palestinian state through negotiations with Israel. But he seems out of ideas after another failed round of talks that collapsed in April, a war that boosted the popularity of the rival Hamas, and a bumpy attempt to win new recognition at the United […]

UN Biodiversity Conference Pushes Global Redistribution, Restriction, Regimentation

“Resource mobilization” and “capacity building” were two of the key terms that dominated the recently concluded United Nations “biodiversity” conference in Korea. “Resource mobilization,” as the reader may guess, refers to increasing government funding (i.e., increasing taxation) to support biodiversity programs and research. “Capacity building,” a favorite phrase at the UN, refers to foreign aid […]

UN: Israel must uphold human rights law in its treatment of Palestinians

The United Nations in Geneva on Monday rejected Israel’s claim that a major human rights treaty was not applicable to its treatment of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza.   “No, [Israel] is not responsible for those violations that are committed by the Palestinian Authority or Hamas, quite clearly not,” the chairman of the […]

Israel to testify on Gaza before UN in Geneva

Israeli officials are expected to testify before the United Nations in Geneva on Monday with regard to its military activities in Gaza this summer during Operation Protective Edge.   “At this stage it is the only UN forum to which Israel will provide information with regard to Operation Protective Edge,” a Justice Ministry spokeswoman said […]

‘A diplomatic storm is coming in January’

Changes in the makeup of the UN Security Council have made Israel’s diplomatic stance worse and strengthened the Palestinians’ position on the world stage.   During the weekend, five new members were elected to enter the UN Security Council on January 1, 2015, as non-permanent members for two years, while five current non-permanent members will […]

‘A diplomatic storm is coming in January’

“During the weekend, five new members were elected to enter the UN Security Council on January 1, 2015, as non-permanent members for two years, while five current non-permanent members will evacuate their seats. Spain and New Zealand will replace Australia and Luxembourg. But the biggest surprise was Turkey losing a seat to Spain 60-132, in […]

PA Threatens Israeli ‘Diplomatic Downfall’ at UN

Palestinian Authority (PA) foreign minister Riyad al-Malki on Monday appraised that the PA will succeed in garnering enough UN Security Council votes to demand Israel withdraw from Judea and Samaria by a certain deadline. “I will inform the Israelis of their diplomatic downfall in the Security Council before the start of next year,” al-Malki told […]

Hamas Committing a Double War Crime

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Tuesday told United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that Hamas commits a double war crime by using civilians as human shields and firing rockets at Israel. Netanyahu’s comments were made in a meeting with Ban at the UN headquarters in New York. Also attending the meeting was Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman.Netanyahu […]

If Security Council bid fails, we may end security cooperation with Israel

President Mahmoud Abbas vowed Tuesday to join the International Criminal Court at the Hague in the event that his efforts at the UN Security Council to set a timetable forcing the withdrawal of Israel to the pre-1967 lines should fail. The Bethlehem-based Ma’an News Agency quoted Abbas as telling reporters in Ramallah: “We started work […]