Israeli appointed to top UN counterrorism position

JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Israeli who worked as a government attorney has been appointed a leader in the United Nations Security Council’s counterterrorism effort.


David Scharia has been appointed legal coordinator for the Counter-Terrorism Committee executive directorate, and will head up a team of 12 international legal experts who advise the Security Council.

He becomes the only Israeli serving in a top senior security position in the U.N., according to reports citing Israeli and United Nations officials. 

Of the more than 44,000 international employees within the United Nations, some 124 are Israeli, the Washington Post reported, citing U.N. figures.

Scharia served as the Israeli attorney general’s chief attorney for counterterrorism cases before the Israeli Supreme Court. In 2005, he became a legal adviser to the Security Council’s counterterrorism executive directorate.

The UN’s Security Council Counter Terrorism Committee was established after the 9-11 terrorist attacks. It helps U.N. member states to combat terrorism from within and outside of their borders and to promote cooperation between countries.

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