Issue 75: Syria’s First Statement as a Member of the Security Council

Syrian Ambassador Fayssal Mekdad, in his country’s maiden speech to the UN Security Council, compared the terror attacks on the World Trade Center to Israel’s razing of houses used by Palestinian gunmen in Gaza. Analysis: In Syria’s first public appearance as a member of the Security Council, …

Issue 70: The 25th International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

On 29 November, the United Nations will observe the annual International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People for the 25th straight year. Analysis: The Palestinian people have suffered for many decades. To demean their situation is heartless, but to single out their cause for unequalled international …

Issue 58: International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

Next Wednesday, on November 29th, the UN will observe its annual International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. Analysis: The past month has seen a number of UN bodies yet again assign unconditional blame to Israel for the violence in the Middle East. And November 29th celebrations – to be held …

Issue 45: Time to Reexamine the Mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the Occupied Territories

With only two weeks left of this year’s Commission on Human Rights, time is running out to address fundamental problems in the mandate of at least one Special Rapporteur. Analysis: Commission mechanisms are there to encourage respect for international human rights norms. They exist to monitor situations …

Issue 37: The 22nd annual UN International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

November 29 will mark the 22nd annual UN International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, to be observed with concurrent UN ceremonies in Geneva, Vienna, and New York. Analysis: This Day is an anachronism, repeating a time-worn agenda that is divorced from the realities of advancing Middle East peace. …

Issue 35: Israel very close to gaining admission to the Western European and Others Group

It seems Israel is very close to gaining admission to the Western European and Others Group, one of the five geographical groupings at the United Nations. Now only one or two European states appear to be blocking Israel’s inclusion. Analysis: An important group system exists within the UN to facilitate, …