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10/26/09

 



10/16/09

Commander Defends IDF against UN Criticism

The former commander of British forces in Afghanistan just finished addressing the U.N. special session on the Goldstone Report, speaking on behalf of UN Watch. “Mr. President, based on my knowledge and experience, I can say this: During Operation Cast Lead, the Israeli Defence Forces did more to safeguard the rights of civilians in a combat zone than any other army in the history of warfare.” [more] 

 



09/30/09

The Ignored Testimony of Dr. Siderer Before Goldstone Mission

Within a split second the place was utterly demolished. The clinic is situated at the upper story of one of the shopping malls in Ashkelon and I found myself under the debris.What was my sin? What was my crime? I’m a Jewish physician working in Ashkelon. I studied medicine to help people. I didn’t care if they were from Gaza, from anywhere in the world, from Israel, wherever. What was my crime? What did I do wrong?
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09/17/09

U.N. website’s Freudian slip: “Mideast” = “Palestine”

The home page of the U.N.’s news center displays focus sections on a handful of regions, one of which is the Middle East. There one might expect to find special features on the brutal beatings, arrests, and show trials now occurring in Iran, reports about women subjugated in Saudi Arabia, and statements about bloggers and other dissidents arrested and jailed in Egypt and Syria. Guess again: the “Middle East” section, it turns out, is all about Israel — with an endless stream of U.N. reports, resolutions and feature stories about Palestinian suffering from the evil Israelis. [more]



07/13/09

U.N. website’s Freudian slip: “Mideast” = “Palestine”

The home page of the U.N.’s news center displays focus sections on a handful of regions, one of which is the Middle East. There one might expect to find special features on the brutal beatings, arrests, and show trials now occurring in Iran, reports about women subjugated in Saudi Arabia, and statements about bloggers and other dissidents arrested and jailed in Egypt and Syria. Guess again: the “Middle East” section, it turns out, is all about Israel — with an endless stream of U.N. reports, resolutions and feature stories about Palestinian suffering from the evil Israelis. [more]



07/13/09

The seven excuses of inaction for Darfur

The following is based on remarks delivered by Dr. Mukesh Kapila, the former UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Sudan, at a June 16, 2009 panel on “Women in Conflict and the Human Rights Situation in Sudan,” organized by UN Watch as a NGO side event during the 11th session of the UN Human Rights Council, together with the Darfur Peace and Development Center and LICRA. The other panelists were Hillel Neuer, Gibreil Hamid, and Diagne Chanel. [more]



07/02/09

Father of Israeli captive Gilad Shalit addresses Gazans through U.N. testimony

Noam Shalit, father of Israel captive Gilad Shalit, was in Geneva today to deliver a powerful testimony to the U.N. fact-finding mission on the Gaza conflict. The panel also heard from Dr. Mirella Siderer, a gynecologist from Ashkelon whose face was disfigured when a Palestinian rocket hit her medical clinic — where she had treated not only Israeli patients, but also Palestinians from nearby Gaza. Other witnesses included Ashkelon Mayor Benny Vaknin and his colleague Dr. Alan Marcus, and Noam Bedein of the Sderot Media Center.  [more]



07/02/09

Why Mary Robinson rejected the mandate accepted by Judge Goldstone

With hearings to be held in Geneva next week by the UN Human Rights Council inquiry into the Israel-Gaza war, headed by Judge Richard Goldstone, it is interesting to recall that former UN rights chief Mary Robinson, as well as former Finnish president Martti Ahtisaari, were among the many international personalities that refused U.N. offers to head the mission... It is a mission created by the biased Human Rights Council, and it is to that body that team members will report in September. [more]



04/18/09

Human Rights Council Updates

See our blog for the latest updates on the Human Rights Council, including meeting summaries, texts, and media highlights.  [click here]



04/06/09

Iran concerned about pre-Durban II human rights summit featuring former prisoner Ahmed Batebi

Speaking today at a working group for Durban II at the U.N. Human Rights Council, Iran voiced its concern about an upcoming Geneva summit of human rights activists, to be held on the eve of Durban II, which will feature former Iranian prisoner of conscience Ahmed Batebi, made famous by his front cover picture in The Economist, holding the bloodied t-shirt of a fellow student demonstrator. [more]



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