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September 7, 2016 5:39 pm

Hatred of Jews at ‘Highest Level of Our Lifetimes,’ Israeli Diplomat Tells UN Antisemitism Forum

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Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon speaking at a monthly meeting of the Security Council on the Middle East. Photo: Twitter.

Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon. Photo: Twitter.

Hatred of Jews and demonization of Israel are at “the highest level of our lifetimes,” Israel’s UN envoy warned on Monday during a high-level forum on antisemitism held by the world body at its headquarters in New York.

“Over 1/3 of European Jews are afraid to wear a yarmulke or Star of David in public,” Danny Danon said in an address to the forum. “More than half of French Jews have considered emigrating because they don’t feel safe living as Jews in France. Today we hear things about Jews and the Jewish people that we thought belonged to the pages of history…Antisemitism is returning to everyday life without shame.”

There has been a noted rise in antisemitism in Europe in recent years. In France, for example, as reported by The Algemeiner, a teacher at a high school in Paris was suspended this summer for making comments hostile to Jews on social media. And in May, The Algemeiner reported that rising antisemitism in the Paris area was forcing French Jews to move elsewhere in the country or immigrate to Israel.

On Wednesday, Danon said, “In our internet era, [hatred of Jews] has gone global. We are living in a new era and we face a new kind of antisemitism. Using the new tools of social media to demonize the Jewish people and the Jewish state, this is antisemtism 2.0…The enemies of the Jewish people are using the tools of modern technology to target and harass Jews around the world.”

Furthermore, Danon stated, “make no mistake — attacks against Jews online lead directly to attacks against Jews on the street.”

“We know from history that during times of crisis, people look for scapegoats,” Danon said. “And time and time again that scapegoat has been the Jewish people. So we have to be pro-active, we have to speak out and we have to educate our young people about the dangers of online antisemitism. And we also have to be honest. Talking is not enough. We need immediate and concrete action…Media companies have to take preventative steps.”

Danon went on to call out the UN for the antisemitism exhibited by a number of its member states. “There is a place where some are not ashamed to spread lies and slander about Israel and the Jewish people and you are sitting in it right now, here at the UN,” Danon said.

Danon also talked about the late Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Elie Wiesel, who passed away in July at the age of 87. The Israeli diplomat called Wiesel “a great champion of human rights and a true spokesperson for the Jewish people.”

“His spirit is guiding us here today and will guide us in the days to come,” Danon said.

The one-day forum that took place on Wednesday was a follow-up to a special General Assembly meeting on antisemitism that was convened last year. Participants in Wednesday’s event included UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, US Ambassador Samantha Power, Canadian Ambassador Marc-André Blanchard and EU Ambassador  João Vale de Almeida, among other officials.

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  • Richard Bird

    Oy Vey, vot sufferink. The eternal victims. No wonder they are despised.

  • Charles Crosby

    “Anti-Semitism is nothing but the antagonistic attitude produced in non-Jews by the Jewish group. This is a normal social reaction.” — Albert Einstein

  • John Thunderer

    From a British perspective, Danon is talking complete nonsense.
    Worse than that, he is lying – and he knows it.
    In their treatment of the Palestinian people, the Tel Aviv regime has been exposed for the racist supremacist regime they truly are.
    Unsurprisingly, Israel and the zionist clique in control there have come – rightly – under sustained global criticism for their appalling behaviour such that the global Boycott, Disinvestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign called for by the Palestinians is obviously starting to bite into Israel’s economy and international credibility.
    Danon is just the latest spin-meister Netanyahu has sent out to try to blunt the BDS campaign and also promote aliyah in order to provide the added population needed by the militarist fascist regime in Israel to populate the illegal settlements they insist on building in order to frustrate any and all attempts at reinvigorating the peace process.
    Danon and all the other hasbara propagandists should collectively hang their heads in shame for all the obfuscation and downright lying they engage in.

  • I am a “gold” belt, Jonah. Want I should teach you?

  • I know the truth about Jews

    An Anti-semite isnt someone that hates Jews, An Anti-Semite is someone that the Jews Hate.

    And the ones they hate are the ones that know the truth about Jews.

  • I was at the previous meeting at the UN Assembly. We do have to speak out; not go silent as we did in the 1930s and 1940s. Kudos to Ambassador Danon.

    Gene Schwartz

  • Myron Slater

    Don’t look to the UN to stop antisemitism among its members, since those in control, are Arabs.

    • Channah

      Just to clarify – There are 22 Arab nations, but 57 Muslim nations. Not all Muslims are Arabs, and not all Arabs are Muslims, as many are Christian. It is the Muslim-Arab nations that are the problem, for the most part.

  • Lauren Goldman

    The time is past due for learning how to protect ourselves from physical assault, wherever we are. Jewish children need to be taught martial arts, and to be prepared to use those skills. No one is going to be able to afford us protection unless every Jew is going to be assigned a personal bodyguard. Having guards at shuls, Jewish Community Centers, events, etc., does nothing to protect us where most of the assaults take place; on the streets. We need an organization which is more than the Guardian Angels but slightly less than the JDL. Those who attack us must be made to understand that there will be severe consequences for their actions. Every time we allow ourselves to be attacked and just take it, we embolden them. Instead of standing up for ourselves, we do everything we can to be ‘Respectable’ for non-Jews. The results are always the same: we become increasingly victimized. We get the results on a personal level which Chamberlain got on an international level. When are we going to decide to break the cycle?

    • Shlomo Shekelberg

      There is an ancient, deadly Hebrew martial art for which there is no defense. It is called Jew-Jitsu.

  • richard sherwin

    we didnt send Danon to the UN to praise the UNs successes in spreading antisemitism and antiIsrael did we? it’s about the only success the UN has on record as far as i can see. unless of course you consider its contribution to imprisoning ex Palestinians in Gaza, the PLO ‘hood, and Lebanon, and Syria (well, theyve been quietly erased by the UN’s ally Assad, so i guess it doesnt count for much). but then the UNs message has spread worldwide: every palestinian complaint against israel or jews is true; anything against the PLO and Hamas is false. and just what is the UN’s committee against jewhating doing anyway? photo ops?

  • Jonah

    Preaching to the antisemitic choir I don’t know how far you will get with that. Listening but laughing under their breath thinking he actually believes he can make a change….it seems to me that three of them are their for appearance only and to make you think they are actually Interested in your cause. You being as friendly as a spotted pup are opening your arms and saying we can be friends. They are in turn planning on using everything you say against you and will restrategize their optics and tweak Their methods for disinformation based upon your presentation.

  • …in all countries with long histories of anti-Jewish/anti-Israel words and behavior. First test implementation of these pro-Jewish/pro-Israel educational courses can be in countries such as Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Austria, and Hungary.

  • It seems to me that educators working together with a variety of Jewish experts and public relations-type of people should put together concise, powerful, pro-Jewish and pro-Israel courses aimed at every level of school students and then work effectively to get this material as required course material in all schools within countries that have historiestablished

    • That’s they kind of thing people hate you for. We don’t need semitism in our education systems.

  • Francis Figliola

    I understand how terrified Jews feel, while I worry someone will key my car if I put a pro Trump or anti Hillary sticker on my car, Jews worry they may be killed for advertising how they worship!

  • Jay Lavine

    Use of the word “antisemitism,” which contains the word “Semite,” feeds and reinforces the European conception of Jews as a race or ethnic group rather than a people composed of individuals of all backgrounds who choose to follow a certain faith and way of life. In Europe, with all its sectarian rivalries, that is not a good thing. This is what drove the Holocaust. An attempt must be made to redefine Jews in terms of what they actually are.