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January 23, 2015 10:51 am

At UN Antisemitism Conference, Saudi Arabia Blames Israel for Rise in Antisemitism

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Saudi Arabian ambassador Abdallah al-Mouallimi spoke at the UN on behalf of the 57-member Organization of Islamic Countries. Photo: Twitter.

JNS.org – At the first-ever informal United Nations conference addressing antisemitism, surprise attendee Saudi Arabia blamed Israeli “occupation” for the global rise in antisemitism.

“Colonization and occupation fuels antisemitism… occupation is an act of antisemitism. It threatens human rights and human kind,” said Saudi Arabian ambassador Abdallah al-Mouallimi, who spoke on behalf of the 57-member Organization of Islamic Countries.

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Al-Mouallimi also condemned all words and acts that lead to “to hatred, antisemitism, Islamophobia.”

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon struck a different tone, arguing that “grievances about Israeli actions must never be used as an excuse to attack Jews.”

Amid the Gaza war last summer, antisemitic attacks in Europe and elsewhere in the world rose to their highest levels in decades, with protesters in several countries going as far as calling for Jews to be attacked and even gassed. More recently, four Jewish shoppers were killed in an attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris.

“Violent antisemitism is casting a shadow over Europe,” Israeli Ambassador to the UN Ron Prosor said, calling out other UN member countries for their antisemitic remarks.

“This summer, disguised as humanitarian concern, delegates have used this podium to commit antisemitism, accusing Israel of behaving like Nazis,” Prosor added. “It doesn’t matter how much you’re angered or frustrated by our conflict. There is no excuse for statements like that.”

Germany’s representative at the conference, Michael Roth, echoed this concern, saying that “antisemitism is gaining ground in a loud and aggressive manner” and that it poses a threat to European society.

US Ambassador Samantha Power, noting that nearly two-thirds of religion-driven hate crimes in the US target Jews, said the world must take action against “this monstrous global problem.”

“When the human rights of Jews are repressed, the rights of other religious and ethnic groups are often not far behind,” Power said.

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  • tobi love

    If Israel is the cause of anti-Semitism than is Iran, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, and other Islamic states that sponsor terrorism the cause for anti- Muslim sentiments?

  • Jossef Perl

    The Western world just mourned the death of Saudi Arabia’s king Abdulllah as a peaceful moderate Muslim who brought real change to Saudi Arabia. Hearing the Saudi ambassador to the UN blames Israel for global antisemitism proves that nothing ever changes in this medieval kingdom called Saudi Arabia, where people hands are still cut off for stealing and a blogger who criticizes Islam has been convicted to 1000 lashes and already received 50 with 950 to go.

  • Robert Davis

    EVERYONE KNOWS FULL WELL THAT IT IS NOT ISRAEL THAT IS “OCCUPYING” WESTERN PALESTINE BUT ARABS. Furthermore if europeans think antisemitism is posing a problem to europe WHY DON’T THEY STOP IT BY STOPPING THE LIES AGAINST ISRAEL? THIS IS THE ONLY SOLUTION AND THE ALTERNATIVE IS A SURE WW3 SOONER THEN PEOPLE THINK. STOP THE LIES AND PRESSURES AGAINST ISRAEL AND ANTISEMITISM WILL STOP AS WELL AS EUROPE S GOING TO HELL WHERE IT SHOULD BE SINCE A LONG TIME.EUROPE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE WWs DURING THE 20th C. AND ALL THE WARS IN FORMER CENTURIES. EUROPE IS A DANGER TO THE WORLD.

  • You are right! To day stands one article in the Norwegian news paper that Norway is not a cultivated country http://www.aftenposten.no/ , fact is that the Arab world is controlled! Only in Oslo city more than one thousand Norwegian abused women did target Arabs into fake marriage, one abused Norwegian women was send to Dubai under staged fake events of rape by Jens Stoltenberg foreign politic people in time of A.B. Breivik mass murder memorial to twist the Norwegian masses mind from A.A.Breivik murder focus. The abused Norwegian women are abused in childhood and even mind damaged by vaccinations. I have evidence about this kind of Norwegian activity targeting people worldwide into fake marriage into becoming criminal political activist, Norwegian abused man and women who did target a lot of people worldwide into fake marriage where the children’s of those fake marriage are abused in childhood into becoming a criminal tool to target other people into fake marriage, this was going on for many years! I have seen Ban – Ki – moon surrounded by Norwegian lady hunter; it is a way to target people by using their bodies as a tool for criminal politics. Wake up! What Ban Ki -moon say is a double game been with man and against man in the same time.

  • Trish

    Oh, right, because before the “occupation” there was no antisemitism,right?

    • AW

      Well Said Trish – wish the world would see that this pulls out the whole argument from under their feet!

  • Dale

    US Ambassador Samantha Power, noting that nearly two-thirds of religion-driven hate crimes in the US target Jews,”… One would never know. All one hears is, islamophobia! islamophobia! Something happens to a muslim, it’s front page. Something happens to a Jew… buried somewhere on page 6 if reported on at all.

  • David Blacher

    To pick up on Amb. Power’s comment, I am reminded of the poem by the late Protestant paster, Martin Niemöller –

    First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not a Socialist.

    Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

    Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not a Jew.

    Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

    NEVER AGAIN!

  • erica

    Monsieur Levy articulated perfectly, if Israel was the model of a perfect state and the “Palestinians’ had everything they desired, it would change nothing at all.

  • Emanuel

    Israel is not the reason just the scapegoat, the reason is they teach and protect hate, racism and bigotry. They equate Jews with Israel which is wrong unless we really do belong there and it is our land. No amount of hatred for Jews will ever help Palestinians and the dream of another Jewish holocaust is an insane delusion packaged for control of Arab masses.

    • roman protas

      yes still want to land your planes there for refueling there. foolish israeli gvt u have no friends in this world just like me only your father in heaven!

    • Robert Davis

      EUROPE IS A CRIMINAL SUBCONTINENT AND RESPONSIBLE FOR WORLD WARS AND INCESSANT WARS IN THE PAST.EUROPE IS A DANGER TO THE WORLD NOT ISRAEL.

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