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Simon Wiesenthal Center Criticizes Ban Ki-Moon’s Silence as Erdogan Calls Zionism a “Crime Against Humanity”

February 28, 2013 2:30 pm 8 comments

Ban Ki Moon, the Secretary General of the United Nations. Photo: wiki commons.

An official with the Simon Wiesenthal Center criticized UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon’s silence at a UN conclave in Vienna as Turkey’s Prime Minister Erdogan charged that Zionism is “a crime against humanity,”equating it to racism, anti-Semitism and Islamophobia.

Speaking Wednesday, Erdogan said, “Just like Zionism, anti-Semitism and fascism, it becomes unavoidable that Islamophobia must be regarded as a crime against humanity.”

“Frankly… we are deeply disappointed that the UN Secretary General, the world’s leading diplomat, sat through the attack in silence,” Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a leading Jewish International Human Rights NGO, said on Thursday. He added: “We note that the US, UK, Canada and Australia declined to attend in the first place, but that both Germany and France were in attendance. We urge the leaders of those two countries along with all NATO members to publicly denounce this hate-mongering.”

Cooper also criticized Erdogan, saying he “is exactly the type of bigoted politician he bemoaned in his speech. It has been clear for some time that President Erdogan has chosen to walk in the hateful footsteps of Iranian President Ahmadinejad and use the denigration of Israel and the millions of proud Zionists around the world to establish his credentials with the Islamist street. His anti-Semitic bombast is degrading 500 years of relations with the Jewish people and putting Turkey’s Jewish community at risk of attack from extremists.”

“With the upsurge of anti-Semitism raging across Europe, such a slander, left unchallenged will only further embolden anti-Semites everywhere,” the Wiesenthal Center official concluded.

8 Comments

  • Jewish (including Chareidi) people can often be the worst anti-Semites. See http://helpbeth.org for an international scandal affecting two young children which has been created and facilitated by those claiming to be religious. Search youtube for “Save the Schlesinger Twins”.

  • Does Vienna actually care about human rights? Take a look at http://helpbeth.org or google “save the schlesinger twins in Vienna”. When will Austria learn!!!

  • Jimmy Davis

    Time to remind Erdagan of Armenia .

  • Jimmy Davis

    This is to be expected from Turkey . Erdogan is pandering to the ever increasing non-secular forces building in Turkey . The UN is also acting in a typical manner in regards to Israel .
    Israel as always must ensure her survival ,when odds are stacked against her politically .Israel must reamin vigiant and prepared . athere will be no peace with those sworn to destroying her .

  • Pinar….learn history…in 1948 the Palestinians were offered a state. They turned it down and declared war on the Jews. It was their choice…a state or a state of war…They chose the latter.

  • To all Zionist, you want self determination but you refuse to give Palestinians self determination. When will israel allow Palestinian state to rise

    • Gerrardo Rimerez

      Get a life Pinar.
      Palestinians have self determination. Hamas rules Gaza completely. Fatah rules the West Bank completely. Gaza is not occupied. No Israelis are in Gaza.
      The real question is when will the Palestinian leaders agree to have a State. They have missed many opportunities in the last 60 years and preferred to keep their people in conflict and bloodshed.

  • richatd sherman

    Erdogan, Hitler, Himmler, Eichman , Heydrich and Isle Koch: No Difference!

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