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Resources updated between Monday, November 18, 2013 and Sunday, November 24, 2013

November 23, 2013

November 21, 2013

Draft was adopted with 165 votes in favor, 6 against (Canada, Israel, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, United States), and 3 abstentions (Cameroon, Paraguay, Tonga).

GA Third Committee Draft Resolution "The right of the Palestinian people to self-determination", A/C.3/68/L.68 Development

November 20, 2013

Draft was adopted without a vote.

General Assembly Resolution "The situation in Afghanistan", A/RES/68/11 Development

November 19, 2013

Draft was adopted with 83 votes in favor, 36 against, and 62 abstentions.

GA Third Committee Draft Resolution "Situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran", A/C.3/68/L.57 Development

Draft was adopted with 123 votes in favor, 13 against, and 46 abstentions.

GA Third Committee Draft Resolution "Situation of human rights in the Syrian Arab Republic", A/C.3/68/L.42/Rev.1 Development

November 18, 2013

Ban Ki-moon Addresses UN General Assembly

Today, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will pay a visit to Auschwitz where he will make a show of concern for the demonization of Jews in the past century. However, at the very same time his UN staff is actively discriminating against Jews at UN Headquarters in the here and now. The group of 18 Birthright Israel alumni had been invited to witness the annual offensive "UN Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People" by the UN-accredited Touro Institute on Human Rights and the Holocaust. Solidarity Day marks the General Assembly's adoption of the resolution in November 1947 that partitioned Palestine into a Jewish and an Arab state. The meeting was advertised as open with no prior consent and any NGO invited to attend according to the UN website. Formal approval from the UN had been given, and the passes scheduled to be picked up. That is, until UN security official Lt. Paul Jankowsky reversed course and unilaterally decided that the chief of the UN Palestinian Rights Division, Wolfgang Grieger, had a veto over who could attend. The campaign to exclude Jewish groups which support Israel from attending UN meetings is only the latest affront to the UN Charter's promise of "the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small." Today in Poland the secretary-general will pose for the cameras at Auschwitz and the UN media machine will move into high gear. One week today in New York, the Secretary-General will bar selected Jews from attending a public UN meeting and deliver a statement marking the partition vote absent the flag of the Jewish state. The duplicity could not be clearer.

Ban Ki-moon's Duplicity at Auschwitz Article