Taking the Fight Against Anti-Semitism to the United Nations

(New York Post) Amb. Danny Danon - On Wednesday, at "The High Level Forum on Global Anti-Semitism," Israel, the U.S., Canada, and the nations of the European Union will conduct an honest assessment of the current damage inflicted on humanity by anti-Semitism and plan concrete steps the international community can take to minimize, and eventually eliminate, this particular form of hate. While the UN was established after the horrors of World War II and the terrible tragedy of the Holocaust, the institution hasn't been immune to anti-Semitism. All too often Israel has been singled out, boycotted and treated differently for no reason other than it is the world's only Jewish state. At its depth of hypocrisy, the world's nations passed a resolution in the General Assembly in 1975 equating the national movement of the Jewish people, Zionism, with racism. Even today, two-thirds of the hate crimes committed in the U.S. target Jews. As President Obama has said, "When the human rights and fundamental freedoms of Jews are repressed, the rights and freedoms of other minorities and other sectors are often not far behind." We must ensure that the next generation is educated about the moments when humanity has failed and allowed racists to prevail, and is then equipped with the tools needed to fight those who still believe in such evil. The writer is Israel's ambassador to the United Nations.

2016-09-07 00:00:00

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