AJIRI #51: The Fatah Goal at the UN Security Council: Recognition of the Claim of a “Right of Return”

What do the latest Palestinian moves at the UN really mean?  AJIRI’s latest report “The Fatah Goal at the UN Security Council: Recognition of the Claim of a “Right of Return” spells it out.

AJIRI #50: The UN’s latest Anti-Israel Project: The War Crimes Charge

After ignoring the continuing Hamas attacks against Israel for years, the UN Human Rights Council convened 15 days after the start of the most recent military activities between Israel and Gaza. It spent a few hours listening to speeches attacking Israel and, without further investigation, adopted a pre-cooked resolution that found Israel guilty of a series of war crimes. The Council then arranged for the creation of a commission that was assigned the task of collecting the evidence that would retroactively prove that the Council was right in issuing its guilty verdict against Israel. The Council also called upon the Commission to come up with the names of Israeli officials against whom war crimes charges are to be brought.

AJIRI #42: Mahmoud Abbas Speech to the 67th UN General Assembly

Rejecting Negotiations with Israel

October 2012

In the course of the first week of the 67th Session of the UN General Assembly a great deal of media attention has been paid to Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech, which focused on the problem posed by Iran’s nuclear program. By contrast, very little attention was paid to the speech of President Mahmoud Abbas, a speech that offers very little hope of a peace agreement in the near future.

Abbas made it quite clear that he is not prepared to enter into negotiations with Israel. As he put it “marathon negotiations are not required to determine … the core components of a just solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.” These components, he said, “are the clearest and most logical in the world.” They include “the realization of the independence of the State of Palestine, with East Jerusalem as its capital, over the entire territory occupied by Israel since 1967, and the realization of a just, agreed solution to the Palestine refugee issue in accordance with resolution 194 (iii), as prescribed in the Arab Peace Initiative.”

AJIRI #41: The Problem Israel Faces at the UN

The Beginning: Castro and Qaddafi Take Control of the UNGA Agenda

September 2012

For close to forty years, the UN has served as the center of a worldwide effort to delegitimize Israel. It started when Fidel Castro and Muammar Qaddafi, after competing for the leadership of the Non-Aligned Movement, decided in the early 1970’s to join in an effort to take control of the agenda of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). Castro brought to this effort the member states of the Soviet bloc at the UN. Qaddafi brought the Organization of the Islamic Conference (now known as the Organization for Islamic Cooperation).

AJIRI #40: The Status of Jerusalem

August 2012

Recent events have introduced the question of the status of Jerusalem into the political debate.  That in turn has produced a good deal of media commentary, reminding the general public of the fact that the seat of government of the State of Israel is Jerusalem, but the U.S. Embassy, as well as other embassies, are located in Tel Aviv.  Note has also been taken of the fact that in 1995 Congress called for moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, but allowed the President to waive that provision of law if a waiver is deemed to be in the national interest.  Waivers have been issued, at regular intervals, by Presidents Clinton, G.W. Bush, and Obama.

AJIRI 39: The 19th (March 2012) Session of the UN Human Rights Council

April 2012

Laying the Foundation for another Goldstone Report
Following the conclusion of the 19th session of the UN Human Rights Council, at which five resolutions directed against Israel were adopted, the Government of Israel decided to  break off all contacts with the Council, and thus with the staff of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.  Its action was prompted by one of the five resolutions, a resolution “to dispatch an independent international fact-finding mission … to investigate the implications of the Israeli settlements on the civil, political, economic, cultural and social rights of the Palestinian people.”

AJIRI 38: The UN Security Council’s October Session on “The Middle East Situation”

November 2011

The Real Theme of the Session: Israel-Bashing
On October 24, 2011 the Security Council convened its monthly discussion session on the subject “The Middle East Situation Including the Palestinian Question.” As in other such Security Council discussion sessions, non-members of the Council were given the opportunity to present their views.

AJIRI 37: UNESCO Executive Board Recommends Admission Of “Palestine”

October 2011

At its October 5 meeting in Paris, the 58-member Executive Board of UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) voted to recommend the seating of “Palestine” as a member of the organization. This report analyzes and gives further details on the vote.

AJIRI 36: Recanting the Goldstone Report

April 2011
Although Justice Richard Goldstone issued a statement on April 1, 2011, noting the inaccuracy of what has become known as the Goldstone Report, it is unlikely that the UN will repudiate it, as it has become an important tool used by the UN to delegitimize Israel. Just before Goldstone’s statement, the UN Human Rights Council adopted a “follow-up” resolution to it.

AJIRI 34: The 2011 UN Program to Undermine Israeli/Palestinian Peace Efforts

February 2011
On January 21, 2011 the UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (CEIRPP) stated their program’s goals for the year. It was made clear that the Palestinian Authority has no plans to negotiate a peace treaty with Israel and instead plans to utilize the UN to impose a peace arrangement on Israel that will establish a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders and provide for the migration of up to 4.7 million Palestinians to Israel under the “right of return.” They also called for the State of Palestine to gain membership in the United Nations.