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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

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

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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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Gaza casualties:  Israeli report refutes widely cited UN figures

Gaza casualties: Israeli report refutes widely cited UN figures Categories: Israel, Media/ Academia, Middle East, NGOs, Palestinians, United Nations, Updates     Author: Allon Lee

A mainstay of many news stories mentioning last year's war between Israel and Hamas is the claim that the United Nations has found that 69 per cent of the 2,100 plus Palestinian fatalities were civilian. Now, a new report by the Israeli Government into last year's war, ably puts forward figures whi

Gen. Jim Molan’s findings of a just Gaza war by Israel represent a larger group of international military experts

Gen. Jim Molan’s findings of a just Gaza war by Israel represent a larger group of international military experts Categories: Israel, Middle East, United Nations, Updates     Author: Miriam Smallman

Readers may have seen retired Australian Major General Jim Molan's article in the Australian, in which he argued that Operation "Protective Edge" - Israel's conflict with Hamas in Gaza last year - was a just war: "Given our examination of the cause of Operation Protective Edge, it would be indefensi

Delivering aid to Gaza

Delivering aid to Gaza Categories: NGOs, Op-eds, Palestinians, United Nations     Author: Glen Falkenstein

Gaza needs aid. Last year's conflict between Israel and Hamas left affected residents homeless, compounding already dire humanitarian challenges facing the Strip. Most of the damage occurred in a concentrated 3km zone adjacent to Israel, which launched strikes against Hamas in response to the group'

Deconstruction Zone: Return or Die?

Deconstruction Zone: Return or Die? Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Syria, United Nations     Author: Alexander Joffe and Asaf Romirowsky

Faced with the suffering of their own people, the Palestinians recently decided not to help. Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas rejected a deal with Israel brokered by the United Nations that would allow Palestinian refugees living in Syria to resettle in the West Bank and Gaza. Abba

Essay: The UN's Staff Secret

Essay: The UN's Staff Secret Categories: Israel, United Nations     Author: Hillel Neuer

For more than five years, the question of who exactly authored the UN's 2009 Goldstone Report has been an enduring mystery. The report, written under the auspices of South African Judge Richard Goldstone, was a shocking 500-page indictment of Israel that accused its political and military leadership

Colonel Kemp's views on Israel and Gaza echoed other senior military officers

Colonel Kemp's views on Israel and Gaza echoed other senior military officers Categories: Anti-Zionism, Israel, Media/ Academia, Middle East, NGOs, Palestinians, Terrorism, United Nations     Author: Allon Lee

The recent visit to Australia by retired British Colonel Richard Kemp, who was commander of British forces in Afghanistan, Yugoslavia, Northern Ireland and Iraq, generated national headlines when demonstrators tried to stop him from speaking, claiming he "supports genocide" for his assessment of las

Hamas remains the barrier to rebuilding Gaza

Hamas remains the barrier to rebuilding Gaza Categories: Op-eds, Palestinians, United Nations     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

LAST October, the international community pledged a massive $7 billion to assist the Gaza strip's reconstruction after Hamas's July war with Israel. However, only about 5 per cent of the money has been delivered to Gaza so far and reconstruction is clearly slow. While some aid agencies based in Gaz

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Courting Danger

Courting Danger Categories: Israel, Palestinians, United Nations     Author: David Makovsky

On Dec. 30, Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas signed 20 different international conventions, including the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC). The name of the statute refers to the 1998 conference that established the treaty-based court, which began operations in

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