ADL Condemns as 'Offensive and Outrageous PLO Speech Equating Zionism and Nazism
New York, NY, March 27, 2003 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today condemned as "offensive and outrageous" statements by the PLO representative to the United Nations in Geneva, who equated Zionism with Nazism. In remarks before the U.N. Commission on Human Rights, PLO representative Nabil Ramlawi accused Israel of "genocide against Palestinians" and railed against the "New Zionist Nazism."
Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, issued the following statement:
Unfortunately, the United Nations Commission on Human Rights continues to be a forum for spewing hatred of Israel. The PLO representative's outrageous statements undermine the integrity of this august body, and jeopardize important international involvement in human rights crises around the world. Such vehement hatred is counterproductive to the effort to encourage an end to violence in the region and the resumption of bilateral negotiations for a better and more secure future for both Israelis and Palestinians.
We call on U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights and all members of the Human Rights Commission to condemn this incendiary and defamatory language and ensure that the Commission conducts its business in a respectful and constructive manner.
The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.