June 24, 2004

The U.N. and Anti-Semitism

Anne Bayefsky delivered this speech to a U.N. conference on Confronting Anti-Semitism. She documents the history of U.N. actions and double standards as regards Israel, and specifically recommends some concrete steps they should take that would go beyond the window dressing of holding a conference...

...I challenge the secretary-general and his organization to go further--if they are serious about eradicating anti-Semitism:

- Start putting a name to the terrorists that kill Jews because they are Jews.

- Start condemning human-rights violators wherever they dwell--even if they live in Riyadh or Damascus.

- Stop condemning the Jewish people for fighting back against their killers.

- And the next time someone asks you or your colleagues to stand for a moment of silence to honor those who would destroy the state of Israel, say no.

Only then will the message be heard from these chambers that the U.N. will not tolerate anti-Semitism or its consequences against Jews and the Jewish people, whether its victims live in Tehran, Paris or Jerusalem.

Posted by dan at June 24, 2004 2:22 PM