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The United Nations General Assembly: Key Issues for 2010 RULE Anti-Semitism

Posted: September 20, 2010


Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations
The Iranian Threat
Israel at the U.N.
Other UN Issues
Anti-Semitism

  • The continued anti-Semitic hate violence in Europe, Latin America and elsewhere, and the presence of blatant anti-Semitism in anti-Israel discourse and demonstrations, is deeply troubling.  Attacks on Jews and Jewish institutions must be condemned and perpetrators prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Combating anti-Semitism should be a national priority.  Governments must send a strong signal that there is no acceptable justification for anti-Semitic speech or action even if it is cloaked in criticism of Israel.
     
  • ADL continues to closely monitor manifestations of anti-Semitism in the Arab and Muslim world.   Decades of heinous anti-Semitic caricatures that are mainstays in government and opposition newspapers across the region have taught generations to fear and hate Jews and Israelis, even in countries with whom Israel has peace (notably Egypt), or those not overtly hostile towards Israel (many of the Gulf states).  Anti-Semitic notions are deeply rooted in the manifestos of Al Qaeda, Hamas, Hezbollah and other extremist groups.  These images are exported from countries with small or no Jewish populations around the world when there is tension in the Middle East, increasing rates of anti-Semitic violence where Jews do live and shaping attitudes across national boundaries.  This incitement and hatred must be addressed by the political leadership in every country.  Avoiding the subject has not provided openings for improvement on Arab Israeli reconciliation or eased the treatment of other minorities in Arab and Muslim countries.  Real and sustained progress in Arab-Israeli peace efforts will only be possible when Jews and Judaism, Israel and Israelis, are not demonized using age-old anti-Semitic themes and images.



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Editor's Note: At the opening of the U.N. General Assembly (GA) in September 2010, ADL will meet with key leaders and foreign ministers to discuss issues such as Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, Iran's march to nuclear weapons capability, the treatment of Israel at the U.N., anti-Semitism, and other crucial issues of concern.  This report looks at some of the key issues the U.N. will be taking up in 2010-2011.

More information on the GA is available on the League's U.N. Perspectives & Analysis Page.

 
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