SWC: Nakba Day at the United Nations Sure to Provoke More Jew-Hatred

May 15, 2023

The Simon Wiesenthal Center is denouncing the United Nations (UN) commemoration of the Palestinians ‘so-called Nakba (catastrophe) Day on May 15, which marks the 75th anniversary of the Jewish State of Israel.

Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean and director of global social action at the SWC, issued the following statement:

“Again and again, the UN put its stamp of approval on initiatives and resolutions that spawn and legitimize more Jew-hatred. In 1975, the UN General Assembly voted to equate Zionism with Racism. In 2001, its World Conference Against Racism degenerated into an anti-Semitic debacle.

And today, with crimes against humanity and religious persecution rage from Russia and China to Iran and Nicaragua, the United Nations is legitimizing Nakba Day to mark the Palestinian narrative of the 75th anniversary of the establishment of the Jewish State of Israel.

The real “Nakba” of course, is that the United Nations is allowing itself again to feed the lurid fantasy that the lone Jewish state in the world is illegitimate, despite the fact that the UN itself voted in 1947 to partition the Holy Land into two states one Jewish and one Arab.

That vote, led by US and the USSR, was accepted by the Jews but rejected by the Arab States. They launched all-out war against the fledgling Israel, encouraging local Arabs to flee. Against all odds, Israel won, and the rest is history.

Tragically, there are those who despite the Abraham Accords will not accept the reality of a democratic Jewish state with 10 million citizens.

The rejection of the Jewish state continues—led by the Palestinian Authority, Hamas, Islamic Jihad and fueled by Iran and its Hezbollah lackeys.

The real Nakba is that this asymmetrical war has never helped a single Palestinian but such Nakba Days keep hate not hope alive as once again historic truth and the founding UN ideals are turned on their head.”

For further information, please email Michele Alkin, Director of Global Communications at malkin@wiesenthal.com or Shawn Rodgers at srodgers@wiesenthal.com, join the Center on Facebook, or follow @simonwiesenthal for news updates sent directly to your Twitter feed. Media may also contact James Lambert, Vice President of Rubenstein Public Relations, at jlambert@rubensteinpr.com. 

About the Simon Wiesenthal Center  
The Simon Wiesenthal Center is a Jewish global human rights organization researching the Holocaust and hate in a historic and contemporary context. The Center confronts anti-Semitism, hate and terrorism, promotes human rights and dignity, stands with Israel, defends the safety of Jews worldwide, and teaches the lessons of the Holocaust for future generations. With a constituency of over 400,000 households in the United States, it is accredited as an NGO at international organizations including the United Nations, UNESCO, OSCE, Organization of American States (OAS), and the Council of Europe. 

Headquartered in Los Angeles, the Simon Wiesenthal Center maintains offices in New York, Toronto, Miami, Chicago, Paris, Buenos Aires, and Jerusalem. 


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