UN General Assembly amends draft of anti-hate resolution to include anti-Semitism after vigorous Israeli push
The UN General Assembly convened a special session on Tuesday to adopt a resolution condemning hate crimes.
In its original version, the proposal only referred to Islamophobia, but after a diplomatic effort led by Israel’s ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon, with many UN states, the proposal was changed and condemned anti-Semitism as well
Danon said, “It seems that the memory of history is fading over time, but the diplomatic effort that we have led has shown that we will not allow the international community to remain silent while a wave of anti-Semitism spreads throughout the world.”
“Unfortunately, we return to the days when kippot and Stars of David are targets, including marked Jewish businesses and desecrated synagogues,” added Danon.
“This is an Israeli achievement at the UN and a crushing loss to the forces of hatred. However, it is very unfortunate that we should have fought to include anti-Semitism in the draft resolution. I remind the world that denying the right to self-determination of the Jewish people in its land and being anti-Israel is no different from being anti-Semitic. ”
“The time has come for the world to channel its power to act uncompromisingly against hatred and anti-Semitism and to stop ignoring the forces, both inside and outside the corridors of the United Nations, who seek to harm these efforts,” concluded Ambassador Danon.
The routine maltreatment of Israel within the United Nations (UN) system was on full display again two weeks ago at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), when it passed several resolutions condemning the Jewish state for a variety of trumped up charges. Yet there are positive signs that key Western democracies are starting to rethink and challenge this deplorable UN fixation with demonizing Israel.
At its annual gathering in Geneva, the UN Human Rights Council once again badgered and vilified the Jewish state for acting to defend its citizens from constant threats of terror and violence. In its report on the year-long tensions along the Gaza border, the UN body falsely characterized the “Great March of Return” protests as “peaceful” and basically scrubbed the list of Palestinian victims of their terrorist ties. Meanwhile, Israel was denounced for daring to put up a defense – all in the name of a “proportionality” standard never truly required of any other nation.