Not to be confused with UN Human Rights Commission or UN Human Rights Council, the UN Human Rights Committee has just elected an Israeli human rights professor to lead the body of 18 experts.
For the first time in its history, the UN Human Rights Committee has elected an Israeli to lead the body, a statement from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem said on Tuesday.
Yuval Shany, who is the Hersch Lauterpacht Chair in Public International Law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, was elected unanimously by the UN body’s 18 experts who oversee the implementation of “the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights by its State parties.”
Yuval Shany, Israeli expert on human rights – Screenshot: YouTube
According to the Human Rights Committee, the 18 independent experts “are persons of high moral character and recognized competence in the field of human rights.”
“Currently, the UN’s Human Rights Committee faces several challenges, chiefly that we live in an international climate that no longer supports human rights.
The UN Security Council’s renewal of UN’s 1974 ceasefire resolution for the Golan Heights calls for Syrian regime military as well as opposition forces to cease fighting and immediately retreat from the Golan Heights.
By AFP, Arutz Sheva Staff
The UN Security Council on Friday unanimously renewed for six months its mission to observe the ceasefire in the Golan Heights, calling for armed groups to leave the Syria-Israel border area.
UNDOF, which comprises nearly a thousand personnel, was created in 1974 after an agreement on the departure of Israeli and Syrian forces from Golan.
UNDOF observation position on Mount Bental, Israel’s part of the Golan Heights.
Israel has the unenviable title of having the largest carbon footprint per capita due to poultry consumption in the world, a study comparing annual carbon dioxide emissions across 130 countries revealed on Tuesday.
German nutrition retailer nu3 analyzed data from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to assess which countries have the potential to significantly reduce their carbon footprint by switching their consumption habits to a plant-based diet that would minimize damage to the environment. Continue Reading »
Jordanian Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights condemns Israel for the IDF’s use of ‘live-fire’ against Gaza’s civilian protesters, and calls for the soldiers to be “held accountable.”
By AFP, Arutz Sheva Staff
The UN rights chief on Friday urged Israeli forces to stop using force to prevent Arab rioters from charging Israel’s security fence, and demanded that Israeli troops who do use force to defend the border “be held accountable.”
Israel has no expectations of unbiased judgements from Jordanian Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.
Speaking from Ramallah on Sunday night, Palestinian autocrat Mahmud Abbas reveled his New Year plans of seeking full statehood membership in the UN, while cutting all ties with Washington, including a recall of their ambassador ‘for consultations’.
By i24NEWS – AFP
Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas has cut ties with Washington over its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital but, popular as it is domestically, analysts question how long that tough line can last.
The Palestinians said Sunday they were recalling their envoy to the United States for consultations in a move that follows US President Donald Trump’s designation of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Continue Reading »
Delivering on Trump’s ‘warning’ to slash funds to the UN and countries who voted at the UN General Assembly against the United States on the resolution declaring President Trump’s Jerusalem decision ‘null and void’, Ambassador Nikki Haley announced WH decision to cut 2018-2019 budget by $285M, saying, ‘We will no longer let the generosity of the American people be taken advantage of or remain unchecked.’
The US announced Sunday that it is planning to cut $285 million from funds it provides to the United Nations 2018-2019 budget, implementing a threat made by President Donald Trump last week that financial repercussions would follow if the body’s General Assembly voted in favor of a resolution demanding that Washington retract its decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Continue Reading »
U.N. set to debate draft resolution calling for Israel to head efforts to assist agriculture worldwide via the images from its Israeli-French vegetation monitoring microsatellite, Venus.
Shlomo Cesana and Israel Hayom Staff
The United Nations is expected to announce Monday that Israel will head efforts to assist agriculture worldwide through the analysis of satellite images derived from its Venus satellite.
Illustration of the VENµS minisatellite – Image credit- CNES, IAI
The Venus vegetation and environment monitoring microsatellite, launched into space in late July, was developed by Israel Aerospace Industries in collaboration with the French space agency CNES.
Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems produced the satellite’s innovative electric propulsion system, and defense electronics contractor Elbit Systems provided advanced high-resolution cameras that will enable the satellite to better monitor the earth’s vegetation and any changes on the ground. Continue Reading »
Even though PM Netanyahu and the UN Sec General discussed and agreed that all future construction within the UN compound would be in accordance with state and local laws, it appears the UN again, has been caught preparing for new, illegal, construction.
By Mordechai Sones
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu stated that he concluded with UN Secretary General Guterres that current and future construction by the UN at the Government Palace will be carried out in accordance with the principles of zoning and building laws.
Building circled in red is slated for destruction for a new building. – Photo courtesy: Regavim
However, it turns out that only recently has UNTSO issued a tender for the demolition and reconstruction of one of the buildings built during the British Mandate in the Armon Hanatziv compound – in violation of the law and without a building permit from the Jerusalem Municipality. Continue Reading »
U.S. Ambassador to U.N. Nikki Haley stressed how United Nations’ forces must do more to prevent the acquisition and distribution of illegal weapons, which are “almost entirely in the hands of Hezbollah terrorists.”
By Associated Press & Israel Hayom Staff
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Monday urged the U.N. peacekeeping force in Lebanon to step up efforts to prevent the spread of illegal weapons in southern Lebanon, which she said “are almost entirely in the hands of Hezbollah terrorists.”
Haley made clear in a statement that the United States is seeking “significant improvements” to the force, known as UNIFIL, when the U.N. Continue Reading »
Ten years since the Palestinian terrorist group seized power in a bloody conflict overthrowing the Fatah gov’t, the territory has barely 3 hours of power a day and unemployment over 40% even after the world has sent $20 billion to Gaza.
A decade after the Islamist group Hamas seized Gaza, the Palestinian enclave is effectively unlivable for its 2 million people, with declining incomes, healthcare, education, electricity and fresh water, the United Nations said.In a report examining humanitarian conditions in the territory, which Hamas took over in June 2007 after a brief conflict with forces loyal to the Palestinian Authority, the United Nations concludes the situation in Gaza is deteriorating “further and faster” than was forecast only a few years ago. Continue Reading »
Israel continues to lead the UN’s Global Innovation Index in North Africa and Western Asia category for 7th consecutive yea, ranking 17th overall in the high-income countries group. • Ranking reflects results in human capital & research, market & business sophistication, and of course, technology production.
By Yair Altman and Israel Hayom Staff
Israel continues to cement its status as a leader of global innovation, the U.N.’s Global Innovation Index for 2017 has found.
The Global Innovation Index surveys 130 economies, gauging standards from patent filings to education spending, with aim of providing policy makers with a comprehensive view of innovative activity that increasingly drives economic and social growth. Continue Reading »
A United Nations group has charged Israel in their report of using “force that has at times been deemed excessive” against the Palestinians, “which may have amounted to extrajudicial executions.”
By Itamar Eichner
The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) accused Israel in a report Wednesday of using “force that has at times been deemed excessive” against the Palestinians, “which may have amounted to extrajudicial executions.”According to ECOSOC, from April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017, Israeli security forces killed 63 Palestinians, including 19 children, and wounded 2,276 others, including 562 children.
Nov 25, 2015 – As daily Palestinian terror attacks against Israelis continue, and while most int’l media outlets choose to downplay or ignore the Israeli suffering – Israel Hayom journalist Lital Shemesh decided to do something to raise awareness of the 22 Israelis murdered so far in shootings, stabbings and car-ramming terror attacks by murderous Palestinians.Continue Reading »
PM Netanyahu accuses Hamas of committing double war crimes, nothing that “UNRWA, by its very existence …perpetuates the Palestinian refugee problem rather than resolving it. That is why the time has come to dissolve UNRWA and incorporate parts of it into the office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees.” • Hamas denies claims terror-tunnels are theirs; “baseless accusations.”
By The Associated Press and Daniel Siryoti
“In recent days, a Hamas tunnel was discovered under two schools in Gaza,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting. “Hamas is using schoolchildren as human shields, and this is the enemy that we have been fighting for many years — an enemy committing a double war crime.”
“Hamas is intentionally attacking innocent civilians while simultaneously hiding behind children,” Netanyahu explained. Continue Reading »
Since President Trump’s speech calling on the world to stop the funding that glorifies terrorists last week in Saudi Arabia, and again in Bethlehem, Norway & now the United Nations have condemned their being exploited to fund a Palestinian Women’s Center named after infamous terrorist who took part in the massacre of 37 unarmed civilians on a public bus. • U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres, “The glorification of terrorism, or the perpetrators of heinous terrorist acts, is unacceptable under any circumstance.” • Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu praised the U.N. for its decision.
Israel’s Foreign Ministry seeks to garner support for abating undue UN criticism and exaggerated focus on Israel by slashing their budget and manpower resources dedicated to just anti-Israel scrutiny, as well as the disproportionate number of Security Council resolutions continuously presented against Israel (at the behest of the Palestinians).
By Itamar Eichner
The Israeli Foreign Ministry appealed this week to US Envoy to the UN Nikki Haley to nullify Security Council Resolution 2334 which calls for an end to settlement construction while simultaneously declaring them illegal, both in the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem.
The issue was just one in a series of requests made to Haley, in an effort to garner American support in implementing a number of changes vis-a-vis the world body’s treatment of Israel. Continue Reading »
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