Israel for the first time wins UN committee chair

Israel's premanent representative to the United Nations, Danny Danon speaks during a Holocaust memorial ceremony in New York on January 27, 2016Israel on Monday was elected to chair a UN committee for the first time in the world body’s 71-year history, triggering strong protests from Arab countries and the Palestinians. Israeli Ambassador Danny Danon won the chair of the legal affairs committee of the General Assembly by picking up 109 votes from the 193 member-states. Danon’s candidacy was put to a vote by secret ballot at the request of Arab countries.

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