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What 1961 can teach us about 2016

What 1961 can teach us about 2016 Categories: Israel, Speeches, United Nations, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

It's particularly worthwhile from time to time, in an effort to better understand the core issues in the conflict, to revisit key source materials and policy statements during the period after the 1948 War of Independence and before the Six Day War of 1967 - before the IDF controlled even a centimet

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Abbas' UN "Bombshell"

Abbas' UN "Bombshell" Categories: Palestinians, United Nations    

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas gave his much-foreshadowed speech at the UN General Assembly yesterday, and it only partially contained the "bombshell" that Palestinian sources repeatedly said it would. Amid a litany of accusations against Israel, and a rejection of r

Essay: The Zeal of New Zealand

Essay: The Zeal of New Zealand Categories: Australasia, Israel, Palestinians, United Nations     Author: Miriam Smallman

In October 2014, after a campaign of nearly 10 years, New Zealand won its fourth two-year term on the esteemed UN Security Council. Prime Minister John Key pledged that New Zealand would be a "small country with a loud voice." Indeed, it put forth an ambitious agenda, one that included working with

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AIR New Zealand: Turtle Bay Dreams

AIR New Zealand: Turtle Bay Dreams Categories: Australasia, Middle East, United Nations     Author: Miriam Bell

In theory, the United Nations is the epitome of effective diplomatic activity and relations. Yet, in practice, it is, all too frequently, an epicentre of vitriolic rhetoric, wilful misinformation, and unfortunate end results. There is prestige and status attached to seats on the various UN councils

Deconstruction Zone: Human Wrongs Council Categories: Israel, United Nations     Author: David Harris

The 47-member UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on July 3 voted to assail Israel because of the Hamas-triggered war in mid-2014. That's right, assail Israel, not Hamas. But then again, this is the inaptly named UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC). When it comes to Israel, these things are so routi

Media Microscope: War Stories Categories: Israel, Media/ Academia, United Nations     Author: Allon Lee

The overwhelming majority of the media coverage on June 23 of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) report into last year's Gaza war failed to observe that Israel was forced to fight an enemy deliberately operating inside civilian residential areas.

Deconstruction Zone: Double standards, times NINE Categories: Israel, United Nations     Author: David Harris

It's appalling to see how Israel is treated by a totally different standard to other countries in the international system. Of course, Israel deserves scrutiny, as does every other nation. But it also merits equal treatment. First, Israel is the only UN member state whose very right to exist is unde

New Zealand takes its turn at the UN Security Council Presidency - with a Middle East-oriented agenda

New Zealand takes its turn at the UN Security Council Presidency - with a Middle East-oriented agenda Categories: Australasia, Israel, Palestinians, United Nations, Updates     Author: Miriam Smallman

July 1 marked the start of a one-month presidency for New Zealand at the UN Security Council, an opportunity the country has no intentions of squandering. The small Asia-Pacific island nation has announced an ambitious agenda, one that includes tackling the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and convincin

Shameful report invites future bloodshed

Shameful report invites future bloodshed Categories: Israel, Palestinians, United Nations     Author: David Horovitz

It’s not often I find myself agreeing with Israel’s Education Minister Naftali Bennett, the populist leader of the right-wing Jewish Home party who wants to annex most of the West Bank. But when Bennett greeted the publication Monday of the UN Human Rights Council’s report on last

Editorial: Three Reports On Gaza

Editorial: Three Reports On Gaza Categories: Israel, Palestinians, United Nations     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Last year's fifty-day Gaza War, known in Israel as "Operation Protective Edge", has returned to the fore recently as the subject of several internal and external inquiries. The media has focused on the very questionable United Nations Human Rights Council's (UNHRC) commission's report released on J

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