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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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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