New York, NY, November 29, 2011 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) called on the international community to refuse to participate in today's annual Palestinian events at the United Nations, including the yearly "Debate on the Question of Palestine" in the General Assembly with its litany of anti-Israel resolutions.
Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, issued the following statement:
It is a farce for the international community to participate in the annual anti-Israel spectacle in the General Assembly while failing to hold the Palestinians accountable for their refusal to engage in direct negotiations with the Israelis.
This yearly ritual only serves to perpetuate the Palestinian delusion that they can refrain from directly engaging with Israel and making tough concessions in their quest for statehood, while repeatedly appealing to the U.N. to make things easier for them.
Moreover, the continuation of the November 29 events -- with their hardened anti-Israel stance -- contradicts the international community and the United Nations' own promotion of peace negotiations through its participation in the Quartet.
After 64 years, it is time for the international community to make clear that they will cease their cynical participation in these events, and instead use the occasion to support direct Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.
Since 1977, the U.N. has observed November 29 as "the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People." The date harkens back to the passage of Resolution 181, the so-called Partition Plan resolution, on November 29, 1947, in which the General Assembly supported the partitioning of British mandate-era Palestine into two states – one Jewish, one Arab. Zionist leaders accepted the plan, and upon the expiration of the British mandate on May 14, 1948, established the State of Israel. While the Arab and Palestinian leadership rejected the plan, they use November 29 as an occasion to denigrate Israel and call for Palestinian statehood.
The day is marked at the U.N. with a special meeting of the Committee for the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, films and art exhibitions, along with the annual debate in the General Assembly when a series of anti-Israel resolution are voted upon.