According to The Times Of Israel reporter Cathryn J. Prince, hundreds of attendees arrived for a recent discussion of an international rise in anti-Semitism. Though the conference was held at the United Nations headquarters in New York, the U.N. played no part in sponsoring the event.
Touro Institute on Human Rights and the Holocaust Director Ann Bayefsky served as a panelist at the conference and offered her explanation regarding the lack of support by the international organization.
“But why couldn’t the UN, founded on the ashes of the Jewish people, and presently witnessing a widespread resurgence in anti-Semitism, sponsor a conference on combating global anti-Semitism?” she asked. “The answer is clear: because the United Nations itself is the leading global purveyor of anti-Semitism.”
Her direct assertion is bolstered by the U.N. Human Rights Council’s disparate response to perceived threats by Israel and those originating in all other nations. The international body passed 50 resolutions against the Jewish nation over the past eight years, which is a larger number than all other countries combined.
Furthermore, a full 70 percent of all resolutions passed by the U.N. General Assembly last year alleging human rights violations by specific nations were aimed at Israel.
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Nevertheless, the conference continued with the support of the Aja Eze Foundation and the Permanent Mission of Palau to the United Nations. Its timing was appropriate as a troubling increase in violence and hatred against the Jewish people has been evident in recent months.
According to a study by the World Zionist Organization, 2014 has seen nearly four times as many anti-Semitic incidents than during the same period last year. In areas such as South America and South Africa, the increase has been even more extreme.
The ongoing battle between Israeli soldiers and militants in Gaza, The Times reports, has been a major factor in the disturbing rise of hatred and violence against Israel.
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Palau’s U.N. Ambassador Dr. Caleb Otto explained that the reaction to anti-Semetism differs from the international response to intolerance in general.
“Every nation has a right to protect themselves,” he said, “yet most condemn Israel’s right to protect itself. Many condemn genocide yet do not do anything against those who seek to annihilate Israel.”
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