One Small Step – Is the U.N. finally ready to get serious about anti-Semitism? bY Anne Bayefsky

Folks, a few days ago, we wrote about the UN holding its first-ever conference on anti-Semitism. Finally, someone stood up at the U.N. and told them the truth! The following speech was made by Professor Anne Bayefsky. Ms. Anne Bayefsky delivered this speech at the U.N. at a conference on Confronting Anti-Semitism: Education for Tolerance and Understanding, sponsored by the United Nations Department of Information, this morning, June 22, 2004.

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An excerpt:

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The U.N. has become the leading global purveyor of anti-Semitism–intolerance and inequality against the Jewish people and its state.

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Not only have many of the U.N. members most responsible for this state of affairs rendered their own countries Judenrein, they have succeeded in almost entirely expunging concern about Jew-hatred from the U.N. docket.

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What does discrimination against the Jewish state mean? It means refusing to admit only Israel to the vital negotiating sessions of regional groups held daily during U.N. Commission on Human Rights meetings. It means devoting six of the 10 emergency sessions ever held by the General Assembly to Israel. It means transforming the 10th emergency session into a permanent tribunal–which has now been reconvened 12 times since 1997. By contrast, no emergency session was ever held on the Rwandan genocide, estimated to have killed a million people, or the ethnic cleansing of tens of thousands in the former Yugoslavia, or the death of millions over the past two decades of atrocities in Sudan.

That’s discrimination.

The record of the Secretariat is more of the same. In November 2003, Secretary-General Kofi Annan issued a report on Israel’s security fence, detailing the purported harm to Palestinians without describing one terrorist act against Israelis which preceded the fence’s construction. Recently, the secretary-general strongly condemned Israel for destroying homes in southern Gaza without mentioning the arms-smuggling tunnels operating beneath them. When Israel successfully targeted Hamas terrorist Abdel Aziz Rantissi with no civilian casualties, the secretary-general denounced Israel for an “extrajudicial” killing. But when faced with the 2004 report of the U.N. special rapporteur on extrajudicial executions detailing the murder of more than 3,000 Brazilian civilians shot at close range by police, Mr. Annan chose silence.

Click here to read the entire text of this powerful speech.

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