Simon Wiesenthal Center: Landmark UN Report on Anti-Semitism Has Potential To Be A Game Changer
September 23, 2019
The Simon Wiesenthal Center(SWC), an NGO at the UN, praised the release of the UN’s first report on anti-Semitism.
“This landmark report has the potential to be a gamechanger. For the first time, the United Nations, which for decades has been a major source and legitimator of Jew-hatred, is seriously dealing with many of the sources of today’s anti-Semitism. By acknowledging the rise of antisemitism today from radical Islamists, those who would delegitimize Israel and white nationalists, as well as the antisemitism that is present on college campuses and political discourse in the West, the report does not shy away from acknowledging how pervasive history’s oldest hate has become, and the impact it has on Jews throughout the world.”
Rabbi Abraham Cooper, the Center’s Associate Dean and Director of the leading Jewish Human Rights NGO added: “ We are very gratified to see many practical recommendations on combatting anti-Semitism that SWC Dean and Founder Rabbi Marvin Hier made during a 2017 SWC meeting with UN Secretary-General Guterres, are included in the report.
In addition, the report urges increased use of the International Holocaust Alliance’s(IHRA) Working Definition of Antisemitism both in the UN and among member states. Mr. Weitzman who was involved in helping draft the IHRA definition, increasingly used by nations and organizations worldwide to deal with anti-Semitism commended the author of the report, Professor Ahmed Shaheed, the UN’s Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion and Belief, “for listening so closely to the voice of the Jewish community and for combining his exhaustive research into this issue with a moral vision.”
SWC officials noted that the report also urges of an appointment of a senior UN official in the ‘Office of the UN Secretary-General to engage with the Jewish communities worldwide and to monitor anti-Semitism. “An early litmus test of this proposal is whether the office of the Secretary General will now move to eliminate serial anti-Israel/anti-Semitic resolutions at the UN agencies including the UN Human Rights Council, UNESCO and UNWRA”, Rabbi Cooper concluded.
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The Simon Wiesenthal Center is one of the largest international Jewish human rights organizations with over 400,000 member families in the United States. It is an NGO at international agencies including the United Nations, UNESCO, the OSCE, the OAS, the Council of Europe and the Latin American Parliament (Parlatino).