Nikki Haley calls UN a ‘bully’ against Israel during meeting with Netanyahu

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) – Nikki Haley, the American ambassador to the United Nations, called the UN a “bully” against Israel, during a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem.

Netanyahu thanked the envoy for “standing up for Israel” in the UN. [Read more…]

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Haley warns U.S. reconsidering membership in UN Human Rights Council

Nikki Haley at a press briefing before a meeting of the United Nations Security Council in New York, May 16, 2017. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Nikki Haley at a press briefing before a meeting of the United Nations Security Council in New York, May 16, 2017. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Nikki Haley at a press briefing before a meeting of the United Nations Security Council in New York, May 16, 2017.
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(JTA) – Nikki Haley, the American ambassador to the United Nations, said the U.S. is considering its membership in the UN Human Rights Council, citing among other things its bias against Israel.

In a speech Tuesday to the council in Geneva, Haley cited Israel as one of several factors leading the United States to reconsider its membership. Another is the membership of human rights abusers like Venezuela, Cuba, China, Burundi and Saudi Arabia. [Read more…]

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UN secretary-general calls for Palestinian state in statement marking 50th anniversary of Six-Day War

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaking to reporters at the U.N. headquarters in New York, Dec. 12, 2016. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaking to reporters at the U.N. headquarters in New York, Dec. 12, 2016. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaking to reporters at the UN headquarters in New York, Dec. 12, 2016. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (JTA) – UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres criticized Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and called for the establishment of a Palestinian state in a statement marking the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Six-Day War.

The statement, issued Monday, said the war “resulted in Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, Gaza and the Syrian Golan and the displacement of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians and Syrians.” [Read more…]

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How Michael Bloomberg is defying Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris climate accords

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaking in the city, Feb. 10, 2015. (Monica Schipper/Getty Images)

Former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg speaking in the city, Feb. 10, 2015. (Monica Schipper/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (JTA) – Following the United States’ withdrawal from the Paris climate accords, Michael Bloomberg is co-ordinating a group of American governors, mayors, universities and businesses that remain committed to fulfilling the United States’ obligations under the deal.

The media mogul and former New York City mayor also pledged $15 million to the United Nations’ efforts against climate change on Thursday. [Read more…]

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Canada, Britain and U.S. oppose UN health body’s resolution singling out Israel

(JTA) – Canada, Great Britain and the United States joined three other nations in voting against a World Health Organization resolution that they said singles out Israel for criticism.

The resolution, which passed by an overwhelming majority on Friday during the 70th World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland, mostly speaks of the need to improve services provided to Palestinians and residents of the Golan Heights. It also mentions the health needs of “prisoners and detainees” in Israel. [Read more…]

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Mother of slain yeshiva student Ezra Schwartz says Palestinians must stop paying my son’s killer

(JTA) – The mother of American yeshiva student Ezra Schwartz, who was shot to death by a Palestinian assailant in the West Bank, told a United Nations forum that his murderer should not be rewarded.

Ruth Schwartz said Wednesday that the Palestinian Authority (PA) pays a monthly stipend to Mohammed Abed Odeh Harub, who was sentenced by an Israeli court to four life sentences for the November 2015 attack. [Read more…]

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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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