Human Rights Day 2010: A Day to Lament

12/07/2010 - 19:00
Special to the Jewish Week

The international community on December 10 marks International Human Rights Day, the anniversary of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Genocide Conventions. Unfortunately, there is more to lament than celebrate. Although numerous institutions and organizations were established to protect and advance these rights, the international community fails to live up to its moral commitments.

`Free Iran’ Rally At UN: Deja Jew

Walking through the crowd at the “Free Iran” rally outside the United Nations this afternoon, one would think the Jewish community had spent a good deal of time, effort and money to provide hundreds of day school and yeshiva students with a summer camp reunion and social hour.

UN Takes A Beating

12/16/2004 - 19:00
Staff Writer
As a kid, Simcha Felder used to enjoy the tour of the UN headquarters. Now he won’t set foot inside the world body’s Turtle Bay complex. “The only time I go there is to protest,” said Felder, Borough Park’s City Councilman. “Israel can’t seem to do anything right in the eyes of the UN, let alone get a fair shake.”

Israel Seen Poised For Spot In UN Group

10/28/1999 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Israel could be just “days away” from being accepted into a regional grouping at the United Nations, a long-sought goal that would open the door for it to sit on the UN Security Council and a variety of other bodies worldwide, according to Israel’s UN ambassador, Dore Gold.

Egyptian Mistreatment Of Jews Recalled At UN

03/18/2008 - 20:00
Staff Writer
A Libyan Jew described to an Egyptian official Wednesday how as a 6-year-old her teacher traumatized her and how she and other Jews were expelled after the Six-Day War in 1967. In prepared remarks before the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Regina Bublil Waldman recalled the first time she “experienced hate” when her math teacher posed the following math question to the class: “If you have 10 Jews and you kill five of them, how many Jews do you have left to kill?” “I came home crying,” she said.

‘Step Forward’ For UN

01/20/2005 - 19:00
Staff Writer
The United Nations, which has been called “the leading global purveyor of anti-Semitism,” on Monday will commemorate the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi death camps. Yad Vashem, the Israeli museum and memorial, has erected an exhibit in the UN lobby featuring pictures of the death camp at Auschwitz. Secretary-General Kofi Annan and Elie Wiesel, a Nobel laureate and survivor, will address a special session of the General Assembly.“

New Envoy Lauds Annan Inclusivity Stance

12/16/1999 - 19:00
Staff Writer
Yehuda Lancry, Israel's new ambassador to the United Nations, assumes his post at a critical, roller-coaster moment for the Jewish State. Within days, Israel's efforts to be included in a regional grouping appeared to collapse after months of positive preparation, but then the UN Secretary General spoke out strongly on Israel's behalf. On Sunday night, Kofi Annan criticized the world body's continued exclusion from an internal regional group, and his words were welcomed by Lancry, who hoped Annan would 'continue with his just and courageous stance."

Yom Kippur Spurned As UN Starts Session

09/16/1999 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Israel, which has made it a point not to walk out of the United Nations despite all of the abuse hurled at it from member nations over the years, will be pointedly absent when the General Assembly convenes on Monday, Yom Kippur. So will President Bill Clinton. Israel's ambassador to the UN, Dore Gold, said this is the first time an American president has not spoken at the start of the General Assembly's general debate. He will speak Tuesday instead.

Israel’s First Woman UN Ambassador, Under Fire

01/01/2009 - 19:00
Editor and Publisher
As Israel makes the case for its military actions in Gaza, international attention is focused on the United Nations, where a newcomer to the world of diplomacy has been thrust front and center.

Israel Makes A Stride At UN

06/16/2005 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Israel's ambassador to the United Nations, Dan Gillerman, was confirmed by the UN General Assembly Monday to be one of its 21 vice presidents, the first time Israel has held that position since Abba Eban served there 53 years ago. Gillerman, who was endorsed for the post by the Western European and Others Regional Group (including the United States, Western Europe and Canada), said he hoped to use the position to eliminate or limit the number of anti-Israel resolutions that are adopted each year.
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