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December 11, 2020

December 10, 2020

The results of the vote when adopted in the U.N. General Assembly Fourth Committee on November 4, 2020

U.N. General Assembly Resolution, "Assistance to Palestine refugees," Adopted (169 in favor, 2 against, 7 abstentions) Development

December 8, 2020

Ruholla Zam (File photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

Iran's Supreme Court upholds journalist's death sentence Document

December 7, 2020

The United Nations headquarters in New York

"The United Nations is being accused of funding illegal infrastructure projects for Palestinians in an area where Israel exercises exclusive functional control as envisioned by current peace agreements.

Fox News was told that the world body has simply bypassed the legal permitting process to fund the projects.

The allegations come in a week when U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres criticized Israel in remarks for undermining prospects for 'a viable, contiguous Palestinian state,' due to, among other things, settlement building in the West Bank, also known as Judea and Samaria.

While the U.N. condemns Israel for what it calls illegal settlement building, critics accuse the world body of hypocrisy.

Regavim, an Israeli organization that describes itself as being dedicated to the protection of Israel's natural resources, told Fox News that it had exposed at least five illegal projects built with U.N. funding since last year. A few years ago, the same organization exposed the U.N. for illegal building at the headquarters of a U.N. agency in Jerusalem.

Naomi Kahn, the group's international spokesperson, told Fox News that the U.N. has violated international law and the Oslo Accords for years by 'pouring millions of dollars into projects that support the Palestinian Authority's systematic program to unilaterally establish a state.' ..."

UN accused of flouting international law by funding Palestinian construction in Israeli-controlled areas Article

Former Iranian Vice President Shahindokht Molaverdi (File photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

Former Iranian Vice President Shahindokht Molaverdi has been sentenced to 30 months in jail, local media reported on Saturday.

Molaverdi, who served as the vice president for women's affairs for four years, was accused of leaking classified information to foreign countries and of carrying out political propaganda against the Islamic regime.

She denied both charges and said she will appeal the sentence.

"I got the verdict today and will protest within the next 20 days and definitely appeal," Molaverdi told the country's ISNA news agency.

Molaverdi served as the vice president during President Hassan Rouhani's first term, between 2013 and 2017, after which she was appointed as Rouhani's "special aide on civil rights affairs" for a year.

The 55-year-old lawyer is a vocal supporter for women's and human rights in the Islamic Republic, and has been mired in several controversies, including over comments advocating the right of women to attend male sports events.

Iran: Former vice president sentenced to 30 months in prison Document