UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told a UNESCO conference on anti-Semitism on Wednesday (26th): “Jews continue to be attacked for no other reason than their identity….Where there is anti-Semitism, there is likely to be other discriminatory ideologies and forms of bias – feeding each other in a cauldron of contempt. Anti-Semitism threatens all people’s human rights.”
“In more recent times, it is expressing itself in attempts to delegitimize the right of Israel to exist, including calls for its destruction, using the pretext of the situation in the Middle East to target Jews and Jewish symbols….All of us have a duty to fight back,” he added.
Meanwhile, In a response to a growth in global anti-Semitism, Israel’s Mission to the UN set up a “No to Anti-Semitism” pavilion at the UN General Assembly this week.
The goal is to offer world leaders attending the 73rd annual General Assembly a chance to stand up to anti-Semitism.
The pavilion has been operating in the lobby of the entrance to the UN headquarters in New York since the UN General Assembly kicked off on Monday (24th) and will continue till Thursday (28th).
Several of the leaders who visited the pavilion come from countries known for anti-Semitism including Poland, Austria and Ukraine.