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November 25, 2014 11:18 am

Israeli Ambassador Prosor Accuses UN of ‘Hypocrisy’ While Defending Jerusalem

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Ynet – Israeli ambassador to the UN Ron Prosor borrowed from a famous 19th century French writer’s pamphlet on anti-Semitism to defend Jerusalem during the United Nation’s annual commemoration of the international body’s vote on the partition of the British Mandate.

Addressing diplomats and dignitaries, Prosor took a page from Emile Zola’s J’accuse to respond to the anti-Israel declarations at a special session of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, also attended by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

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  • snag

    There was another French (Jewish) writer Bernard Lazare that elaborated on this subject in “Antisemitism: Its History and Causes” (available on line) that he could quote in his rant but didn’t. Here’s an excerpt from it:

    “Wherever the Jews settled after ceasing to be a nation ready to defend its liberty and independence, one observes the development of antisemitism, or rather anti-Judaism; for antisemitism is an ill chosen word, which has its raison d’etre only in our day, when it is sought to broaden this strife between the Jew and the Christians by supplying it with a philosophy and a metaphysical, rather than a material reason. If this hostility, this repugnance had been shown towards the Jews at one time or in one country only, it would be easy to account for the local causes of this sentiment. But this race has been the object of hatred with all the nations amidst whom it ever settled. Inasmuch as the enemies of the Jews belonged to divers races, as they dwelled far apart from one another, were ruled by different laws and governed by opposite principles; as they had not the same customs and differed in spirit from one another, so that they could not possibly judge alike of any subject, it must needs be that the general causes of antisemitism have always resided in Israel itself, and not in those who antagonized it”.

    • victoria brandeis