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Romirowsky: Challenging UNRWA

Romirowsky: Challenging UNRWA Categories: Palestinians, United Nations     Author: Ahron Shapiro

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), formed as a temporary organisation in 1949 to take care of the immediate needs of the Arab refugees from Israel's existential War of Independence, has evolved into a sprawling, politically compromised advocat

Declassified documents from '67 show Israel's willingness to trade land for peace

Declassified documents from '67 show Israel's willingness to trade land for peace Categories: Egypt, Jordan, Palestinians, Syria, United Nations, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

Did Israel's government covet the land it captured as part of the defensive war of June 1967, which ended with Israeli forces in control of the Sinai Peninsula, Golan Heights, West Bank and Gaza? For the most part, not at all, according to 200 pages of newly declassified transcripts from cabinet an

The ABC and UNRWA

The ABC and UNRWA Categories: Israel, Media/ Academia, Palestinians, United Nations, Updates     Author: Allon Lee

ABC radio's "World Today" reported on the growing recognition that the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) may actually be perpetuating the ongoing Palestinian refugee issue (see AIJAC's update from June 6 2012 for more on the issue). Unfortunately, a serious issue suffered from the not-

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Australia and the Massacre in Syria

Australia and the Massacre in Syria Categories: Australasia, Syria, United Nations, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Following the shocking reports and images of the massacre that occurred in the Syrian village of Haoula on May 25, there has been a chorus of international outrage. The UN reported that 108 people were killed among them 49 children and 34 women, by the Assad regime and pro-Assad militia ‘Shabi

Australia’s Budget 2012-13: Foreign Aid

Australia’s Budget 2012-13: Foreign Aid Categories: Australasia, United Nations, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

The Australian Budget was announced on May 8, and in order to bring the budget into surplus the Government decided to delay its promise to raise foreign aid spending to 0.5 per cent of gross national income (GNI) by 2015/16, pushing this goal back until 2016-2017. This blog post looks at highlights

Latest UN Human Rights exemplar: Venezuela

Latest UN Human Rights exemplar: Venezuela Categories: United Nations, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

The UN Human Rights Council has long had a well-deserved image problem - due in no small part to the fact numerous egregious human rights offenders are regularly elected to serve on it, where they block effective scrutiny of themselves and their non-democratic allies. The latest episode in this sorr

Strange Australian commentary on the UN's controversial "peace plan" for Syria

Strange Australian commentary on the UN's controversial "peace plan" for Syria Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia, Syria, United Nations, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

The Syrian Government's decision to accept UN and Arab League envoy Kofi Annan's six-point peace plan has been met with a lot of scepticism to say the least. A number of experts have been predicting that the initiative would only paper-over the Assad regime's continued violence and that there would

UNHRC green-lights Goldstone II: The settlements

UNHRC green-lights Goldstone II: The settlements Categories: United Nations, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

We've seen this movie before. Coming soon from the same producers of the discredited Goldstone Report on the 2009 Gaza War - the UN Human Rights Council - is a sequel: A "fact-finding" mission to investigate the impact of Israeli settlements in the West Bank on Palestinians. Co-sponsors of the reso

 UN Commission on the Status of Women singles out Israel for condemnation

UN Commission on the Status of Women singles out Israel for condemnation Categories: Anti-Zionism, Egypt, Iran, Israel, Palestinians, Syria, United Nations, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

The United Nations' Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) has done it again - in its annual session it condemned only one country - Israel, while ignoring the human rights violations of women around the world, including especially the current crisis in Syria - where women are being raped and murde

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