20 July 2018

Rhéal LeBlanc, Chief of the Press and External Relation Section, United Nations Information Service at the United Nations Office at Geneva, chaired the briefing, which was attended by the spokespersons for the United Nations Refugee Agency, International Organization for Migration, World Meteorological Organization, United Nations Children’s Fund, World Food Programme, and the World Health Organization.

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A journalist asked about the position of the United Nations on the law adopted by Israel which had declared Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people thus de facto excluding Arabic language and so 20 per cent of the Israeli population. Many countries regarded this law as a violation of international law and the rights of the Palestinian people, added another. 

Rhéal LeBlanc, for the United Nations Information Service in Geneva, said that the question had been raised during the press briefing in New York yesterday. The Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General had said that the United Nations needed some time to study the new legislation, and if a response were available, it would be shared with everyone.

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