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Israeli UN Envoy Hails General Assembly’s Condemnation of Antisemitism Following Diplomatic Battle

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Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon addresses a Security Council meeting on the situation in the Middle East. Photo: UN Photo / Loey Felipe.

Israel’s envoy to the United Nations on Tuesday hailed the passage of a General Assembly resolution on hate crimes that was amended to include a specific condemnation of antisemitism as “an Israeli achievement at the UN and a crushing loss to the forces of hatred.”

Danny Danon, Israel’s ambassador to the UN, pointed out in a statement that the original version of the resolution — drafted by Turkey in response to the March 15 shooting massacre at a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand — had omitted any mention of antisemitism. Following sustained pressure from Danon and other ambassadors at the UN, Turkey agreed to amend the resolution.

“The memory of history seems to be fading with time, but our diplomatic efforts have shown that we will not allow the international community to remain silent while a wave of antisemitism spreads throughout the world,” Danon said in a statement.

Danon reflected that it was “very unfortunate that we had to fight to include antisemitism in the draft resolution.”

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He added that “denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination in their land and being anti-Israel is no different from antisemitism.”

Said Danon: “The time has come for the world to act uncompromisingly against hatred and antisemitism, and to ignore those, both inside and outside the United Nations, who seek to undermine these efforts.”

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