|Jews and Israel at the UN|
As the UN General Assembly convenes in New York next week, the rich and sometimes difficult history of Jews and Israel at the United Nations comes into focus. Learn more with this week's Jewish IQ Quiz on the UN.
Jewish jurist Rene Cassin, a member of the French Constitutional Council, won the Nobel Peace Prize for his role in drafting what key UN document?
(a) UN Charter (b) Universal Declaration of Human Rights (c) Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (d) Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees
Of the 57 UN member states in November 1947, how many voted against the Partition Plan to divide Palestine into a Jewish and an Arab state?
(a) 6 (b) 13 (c) 22 (d) 28
What country has been the principal obstacle to Israel joining JUSCANZ, a grouping of like-minded democracies at the UN in Geneva?
(a) Japan (b) Iceland (c) New Zealand (d) Austria
In the 1963 Dag Hammarskjold Lecture at Columbia University, former AJC president Jacob Blaustein first proposed the creation of what UN institution?
(a) High Commissioner for Human Rights (b) High Commissioner for Refugees (c) International Court of Justice (d) Economic and Social Council
What country is NOT a member of the anti-Israel UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People?
(a) India (b) Cyrpus (c) Jordan (d) Ukraine
The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) is currently in southern Lebanon, with a mandate to assist the Lebanese government in disarming militias and controlling its territory. When was it first deployed?
(a) 1978 (b) 1982 (c) 1993 (d) 2006
UN Security Council resolution 242 was adopted after the Six-Day War. It calls for all of the following except...?
(a) Secure and recognized boundaries for all states (b) A just settlement of the refugee problem (c) A special representative of the Secretary-General to promote peace (d) Israeli withdrawal from all occupied territories
In 1991, the UN repealed Resolution 3379, which declared that Zionism is a form of racism. In an unusual move, what head of state first spoke on the General Assembly floor in favor of the motion to repeal?
(a) French President Francois Mitterand (b) U.S. President George H.W. Bush (c) German Chancellor Helmut Kohl (d) USSR President Mikhail Gorbachev
In 2005, the General Assembly designated January 27 as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. What countries voted against the resolution?
(a) None (b) Only Iran (c) Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Cuba (d) The entire Arab League
Who called the 2001 World Conference against Racism in Durban, South Africa, the "most sickening display of hate for Jews ... I have seen since the Nazi period"?
(a) Elie Wiesel (b) U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell (c) U.S. Congressman Tom Lantos (d) Henry Kissinger
Bonus: Gabriella Shalev was recently appointed as Israel's new permanent representative to the UN in New York. What was her previous occupation?
(a) Colonel in the IDF (b) Real estate developer (c) Member of Knesset (d) Law professor