New York, NY, April 11, 2002 … In a stern message delivered today to the Secretary General of the United Nations, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) expressed anger and frustration at how the world organization increasingly is being manipulated by those nations and entities with an anti-Israel agenda.
"It is greatly troubling that the United Nations is being used as a weapon in the anti-Israel propaganda war," Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, said in the message delivered to U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan. "Your comments lashing out at Israel for the humanitarian conditions in the West Bank have been counterproductive to the effort to restore calm to the region."
In the latest drive by Arab nations to hijack U.N. initiatives, the World Assembly on Aging in Madrid, a U.N.-sponsored conference devoted to issues affecting the world's elderly, was sidelined this week by Arab nations in an attempt to criticize Israel. Egypt insisted that the conference condemn Israel for attempts at "genocide, subjugation and the daily agony that the Palestinians incur…."
"Need we point out that the conference did not raise the scores of elderly Israeli victims of Palestinian terrorism, including the 17 men and women over the age of 70 who were murdered in the Passover massacre in Netanya?" Mr. Foxman said. "Where are the voices of conscience at the U.N. in the face of these outlandish attempts to derail the vital work of the U.N.?"
Addressing Mr. Annan's recent remarks about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the League again called on the U.N. to stop issuing one-sided statements: "The Palestinian refusal to end terrorist operations forced Israel to take steps to protect its citizens suffering under daily attacks. In focusing on Israeli action and not on efforts to encourage the Palestinians to end terrorism, the message to the Palestinian leadership is that their involvement in, and promotion of terrorism is accepted by the international community."
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