In first for Israel, Danon elected chairman of UN Legal Committee

First Israeli ever to hold position.

By
June 14, 2016 00:12
1 minute read.
Danny Danon

Danny Danon. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later

NEW YORK – Israel’s representative at the United Nations, Danny Danon, was elected chairman of the UN Legal Committee on Monday, becoming the first Israeli named to the position since Israel joined the international body in 1949.

The UN’s Legal Committee, also called the Sixth Committee, deals with all of the UN’s activities regarding international law, including the status of the additional protocols of the Geneva Conventions, and coordinates its fight against terrorism.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


“I am proud to be the first Israeli elected to this position,” Danon said.

“Israel is a world leader in international law and in fighting terrorism. We are pleased to have the opportunity to share our knowledge with the countries of the world.”

According to the Israeli mission at the UN, Danon’s election came after “a lengthy and difficult diplomatic battle,” as countries from the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) ran a “coordinated campaign” attempting to block the initiative.

The mission explained that “Iran, the current chair of the NAM group, circulated a draft of a letter to UN member- states filled with anti-Israel fabrications and calling to reject the Israeli candidacy.”

But Danon said in a statement that Israel “will not allow dictatorships and anti-Israel countries to harm our standing in the international community.

JPOST VIDEOS THAT MIGHT INTEREST YOU:


Those who tried to block our appointment would be well advised to take note of the jurisdiction of this committee, as they have much to learn about international law. We are a full member of the UN, and any attempt to deny us of our legal rights in this organization will be met with uncompromising rejection.”

One of Danon’s first tasks in his new position will be to further the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

October 15, 2018
Katz: 'Great interest' in Israel-Saudi railway plan

By EYTAN HALON