Israel to withhold $1 million to United Nations in wake of UNESCO vote on Jerusalem

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israel will withhold $1 million US in its funding for the United Nations following the passage of a resolution that condemns the country’s sovereignty in Jerusalem.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Wednesday, a day after the vote by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), that he has instructed Foreign Ministry Director General Yuval Rotem to deduct the money. He called the resolution “delusional.” [Read more…]

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UNESCO votes to condemn Israel’s sovereignty in Jerusalem

People praying at the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem, Jan. 12, 2017. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
People praying at the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem, Jan. 12, 2017. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

People praying at the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem, Jan. 12, 2017. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

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(JTA) – The United Nations’ cultural agency voted to condemn Israel’s sovereignty in Jerusalem.

The executive board of UNESCO, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, passed a resolution called “Occupied Palestine” by a vote of 22-10, with 26 countries abstaining or absent, on Tuesday. [Read more…]

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U.S. senators to UN: Treatment of Israel ‘must change’

(JTA) – All 100 members of the U.S. Senate signed a letter to the leader of the United Nations (UN) urging a comprehensive effort to remedy the organization’s “anti-Israel agenda.”

The letter, sent Thursday to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, praised Guterres’ recent decision to disavow an anti-Israel report from the U.N.’s Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia and identified four specific areas where further action could be taken rectify the “unacceptable” treatment of Israel at the world body. [Read more…]

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At UN debate, Arab states heed Haley’s plea to focus more on Iran

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaking at a Security Council meeting in New York City, April 12, 2017. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaking at a Security Council meeting in New York City, April 12, 2017. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaking at a Security Council meeting in New York City, April 12, 2017. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

(JTA) – A number of Arab states heeded the plea by Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations (UN), to focus more in a Middle East debate on the threat posed by Iran than on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Haley, this month the president by rotation of the UN Security Council, convened a council session on the Middle East. [Read more…]

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U.S. understands construction of new Israeli settlement, White House official says

(JTA) – White House officials appeared to show understanding of the Israeli government’s decision to build a new settlement in the West Bank for the first time in 20 years, despite condemnations at the United Nations and by the Palestinians of the move.

One official told the Times of Israel yesterday that “we would note that the Israeli prime minister made a commitment to the Amona settlers prior to President Trump laying out his expectations” that Israel reduce construction in settlements. The official spoke on condition of anonymity. [Read more…]

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Israel to withhold $2 million more in UN dues over ‘attacks’

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israel will withhold $2 million US of its required payment to the United Nations over “attacks” against Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.

The action, announced Wednesday, comes after Israel already withheld nearly $7 million US in December over recent votes by the international body perceived as anti-Israel, including one in late December on a Security Council resolution that condemned Israeli settlement building. The United States did not use its veto for the resolution. [Read more…]

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Thousands gather at United Nations to oppose BDS

NEW YORK (JTA) – Thousands filled the United Nations General Assembly hall for a conference opposing the BDS movement.

The conference on Wednesday, sponsored by the World Jewish Congress and Israel’s mission to the UN, focused on ways to combat the movement to boycott, divest from and sanction Israel. Sessions concerned opposing BDS on campus, among private corporations, on social media and at the UN itself – a body Israel and the United States have accused of being biased against Israel. [Read more…]

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