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May 22, 2016 1:48 am

The UN’s Shameful Degradation of the Holocaust

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United Nations headquarters in New York. Photo: wiki commons.

United Nations headquarters in New York. Photo: wiki commons.

As Jews around the world and in Israel prepared to commemorate the Holocaust earlier this month, a disturbing narrative was being broadcast at the United Nations.

Speaking to the press, Palestinian Ambassador Riyad Mansour invoked the resistance fighters of the Warsaw Uprising, equating the Israeli government to the genocidal Nazi regime.

The deafening silence of the UN Secretary General, the European Union, and US Ambassador Samantha Power, among others, evidently served to encourage the proliferation of more hateful statements, when, days later,  Venezuela’s UN Ambassador Rafael Ramirez suggested that Security Council members ask themselves whether Israel was planning a “Final Solution” against the Palestinian people.

After criticism by a few UN member states, Ambassador Ramirez released an apology for his libelous statements on May 11th that further inflamed tensions by invoking the ages-old meme of a “lobby” (code for Jewish lobby) that was “manipulating” his remarks.

Those Security Council members who did not publicly condemn  these odious comparisons of Israel to the Nazi regime might want to recall that Kofi Annan, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon’s enlightened predecessor, said that “the Holocaust of the Jews” was “unique” in history — unique, because the Nazis sought to exterminate all Jews from the face of the Earth. We Jews did not have the option of making peace with our enemies. We were slaughtered simply because we were Jews. In stark contrast, Israelis do not seek to destroy the Palestinians based on their religion, race or character. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a war over land and conflicts over real estate can, and should, be solved through compromise rather than incitement.

We Jews had no ambassador to plead our case as 1/3 of the world’s Jews were systematically annihilated by those who refused to recognize our right to live, let alone in a sovereign state.

While the Nazis exterminated 6 million innocent Jews, including 1 million Jewish children, during the Holocaust, since the occupation, in Gaza alone, the population has increased 600%.

Conflating Gaza and the West Bank with the Nazi occupation of Warsaw and comparing the Israelis to Nazis, is a cynical manipulation of history that trivializes Jewish suffering and delegitimizes a UN member state. Such hate-filled invective has no place in an institution founded on the ashes of the Holocaust and funded by US tax dollars.

Subsequent to Ambassador Mansour’s remarks, UN member states might want to ask themselves the following:

Were the Jews of the Warsaw Ghetto offered peace proposals by the Nazis as the Palestinians have been time and time again by successive Israeli Prime Ministers?

Did the Nazis unilaterally withdraw from any territories so Jews could achieve statehood as was done for the Palestinians in Gaza and proposed in the West Bank?

Did Jewish resistance fighters use their children and schools as human shields, as Palestinians do with impunity?

Comparing recent Palestinian knife, gun and car-ramming terror attacks against Israeli civilians to the Jews who resisted the Nazis’ “final solution” (which included  transporting what remained of the Warsaw Ghetto population to Treblinka extermination camp) is an abuse of the UN platform and should be condemned in the strongest possible terms by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon.

A UN that prides itself on teaching “the lessons of the Holocaust” — and a Secretary General who visited Auschwitz — should know, and do, better

Arab attacks on Jews predate any occupation and it is the Hamas charter that reads like a modern-day Mein Kampf. Hamas declares repeatedly in its broadcasts, that “Jews and Christians should be exterminated to the last one of them.”

Both the US State Department and The European Parliamentary Working Group on Anti-Semitism include “Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis” in their definitions of antisemitism. As such, Ambassador Mansour’s press conference has no place being disseminated on the UN website and should be immediately removed.

At the January 22, 2015 historic meeting of the General Assembly, convened to address the rise in Antisemitism worldwide, more than 40 UN member states jointly called for the UN to hold a follow-up conference on antisemitism as part of the “unlearning intolerance” series started in 2004. To date, the Department of Public Information has failed to schedule the conference.

Rather than affording a platform for those who would defile the Holocaust, the UN would do well to recall the words of the Prophet Isaiah, who proclaimed: “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter” (5:20).

Rabbi Potasnik is Executive Director of the New York Board of Rabbis. He is a son of Holocaust survivors. This article was originally published by Fox News. 

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  • Steven Cohen

    Israel’s foreign ministry is reported to be establishing a special undercover team of paid workers whose job it will be to surf the internet 24 hours a day spreading positive news about Israel. In a free country there is free speech. Can’t play offended or cry victim to manipulate people.btw the holocaust wasn’t only jewish people- stop twisting history. No matter how you monopolize it.

  • roy wise

    I am not surprised at what comes out of the UN. After all it is an organization the majority of whose members are undemocratic dictatorships. What does surprise me is why the democratic countries pretend it is nit so and pay so much lip service to its pronouncements. Frankly I do not understand why they do not pull out completely and operate through Nato or another such organization where those countries with common interests in human rights and human dignity can take steps to protect those interests.

  • > In stark contrast, Israelis do not seek to destroy the Palestinians based on their religion, race or character.

    I’m sure the author did not mean it, but this sentence allows for the possibility that Israelis seek to destroy the Palestinians for some other reason than those listed, which of course is also absurd.

  • Myron Slater

    As I’ve stated in the past, the UN is antisemitic and controlled by the Arab members. Thus, Don’t expect anything that is that is not anti-Israel. The UN should be told to leave the US.

  • Michael Devolin

    We should not expect anything less from this anti-Jewish organization. It really amazes me that people really expect these UN brutes to give Israel a fair shake. It’s never going to happen.

  • nat cheiman

    The UN is like the League of Nations was. It is finished

  • Theodore Crawford

    The UN has become the platform for a second Holocaust. The words of Isaiah are an abomination to them. You cannot reason with a body which has already determined for itself beyond all appeal that you are irrelevant, obsolete, and in dire need of extinction!

  • Mark Brajtman

    Did the Jews have weapons to defend themselves against the Nazis/
    Where is the comparison/

    Does Israel round up all Arabs in the street, or their homes/
    Do Jews “just” shoot Arabs because they “enjoy” the power of their weapons,?

    The whole UN is a farce.

    The word ‘UNITED’ should be changed to “lets destroy Israel”

    Ban Moon is as bad an Iran when it comes to the Jews/Israel.

    Why did the USA ambassador not reply to the accusations?
    because she had instructions from the Muslim Obama to support all and every any Israel comments.

    I cannot wait to see Trump become POTUS> He will make USA great again
    he will protect Israel from the UN.

    Hillary would be a disaster as POTUS

  • People need to be educated about what’s in the Qur’an. An article titled, “Allah is Represented by a Party of Men” reveals that Islamic religious leaders use the Qur’an as a manual to indoctrinate and command their followers. Click on the website below and comment if you agree with the conclusion that Allah is represented by the terms “We, Our and Us” and cannot be the ever merciful and compassionate God.

  • Sylvie7

    If Jews acted any way like Nazis, and after more than 60 years there would no longer be any Arabs alive in Israeli territory to present grievances to the UN. Israel does not execute terrorists. Does anti-Semitism disable the cognitive functions of haters’ brains? Or are they just stupid?

  • Beth Phillips

    For too long the world portrayed us as victims. Now that we control our own destiny the world is uncomfortable.

  • None of you get it. All these failed states use Israel and Jews as a deflection of there own national failures and use the TV to demonize Jews and indoctrinate their populations from a very young age. You cannot rationalize with that level of indoctrination.Unfortunately, it is starting in the US media and it all revolves around money. You can spread any piece of propaganda you want as long as you pay for it.Just look at Aljazeera.Anti-American, Anti Israel, Anti-European and it makes you think the Gulf States are the land of freedom. This nonsense is available on cable TV and US internet beamed to every home in the USA. This is the ultimate trojan horse and a major failure of the US Government.

  • Morris Lewkowicz

    High time the U.N. was dissolved. A useless organisation that no longer represents the innocent and pander to dictators and criminals masquerading as Las leaders of countries. Shameful.