Tag: United Nations

US, UN announce deal on 72-hour Gaza cease-fire

Israel and Hamas have agreed to a 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire to begin Friday morning, the United Nations and United States announced, although Secretary of State John Kerry cautioned there were “no guarantees” the lull in violence would bring an end to the 24-day-old Gaza war. The surprise announcement came hours after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin […]

White House slams Israel for ‘indefensible’ shelling of UN school

A White House spokesman held Israel responsible on Thursday for the shelling of a UN facility in Gaza this week, condemning the incident as “totally unacceptable and totally indefensible,” and calling on Israel to do more to avoid civilian casualties. Israel talks frequently about the importance it places on sparing civilian lives but the United […]

Israel must do more to live up to its high standards of protecting civilians

The Pentagon called on Israel on Thursday to do more to protect civilian life during its military operations in Gaza, saying the conflict was taking too high a toll on civilians. “The civilian casualties in Gaza have been too high. And it’s become clear that the Israelis need to do more to live up to […]

UN accuses Israel over Jabaliya attack

UN spokesman Chris Gunness said “the world stands disgraced” by the attack, in which 15 died and dozens were hurt. The Israeli military said an initial inquiry suggested soldiers responded to mortar fire. The military says it is now holding a partial, four-hour humanitarian ceasefire. Some 1,200 Palestinians and 55 Israelis have been killed in […]

UN Human Rights Council Accuses Israel of ‘Acting in Gaza Like the Nazis’

The UN Human Rights Council held a special session in Geneva on July 23, 2014 to declare effectively that Israelis do not have human rights. The session ended with a resolution that launched an “investigation” into what the Council decided in advance were Israel’s violations of Palestinian rights. The vote was 29 in favor, 1 against […]

When Even the UN Begins Condemning Palestinian Terrorists, You Know Israel is Right

In 2013, the interpreter was caught via a ‘hot mic’ saying, “I think when you have… like a total of ten resolutions on Israel and Palestine, there’s gotta be something, c’est un peu trop, non? [It’s a bit much, no?] I mean I know… There’s other really bad shit happening, but no one says anything […]

Malaysia Airlines passenger plane crashes near Ukrainian border

The UN Security Council will hold an emergency meeting Friday morning after two planes were downed this week over eastern Ukraine, including a Malaysia Airlines plane carrying 295 people. Britain’s UN Mission said it requested the meeting and proposed a press statement calling for “a full, thorough and independent international investigation into the incident.” The […]

UN Security Council approves another draft resolution on Syria

The UN Security Council unanimously approved another draft resolution on Syria’s humanitarian situation on Monday, authorizing UN humanitarian agencies “and their implementing partners” to have access across conflict lines at four disputed border crossings to deliver humanitarian assistance, without having to notify Syrian authorities. The resolution also declares that “all Syrian parties to the conflict” […]

US and UN condemn killing of Palestinian boy in Israel

The US and UN have condemned the abduction and murder of a Palestinian teenager in Israel, which sparked fierce clashes in East Jerusalem. US Secretary of State John Kerry called it “sickening” while the UN demanded justice over the “despicable act”. Mohammed Abu Khdair, 17, was seen being forced into a car early on Wednesday. […]

UN warns of serious threat in Syria refugee crisis

The spiraling refugee crisis from Syria’s civil war could pose a serious threat to Lebanon’s security and destabilize the entire region unless donors quickly provide the unfunded 70 percent of the $3.74 billion needed for emergency needs, U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres said Thursday. The estimate of how much money will be needed […]