New York, NY, September 23, 2014 … In advance of the opening of the 69th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) urged world leaders to “take a public and vocal stand” against the surge of anti-Semitic violence and incitement that has been seen on the streets in their respective nations.
ADL wrote to 19 countries which experienced an increase in anti-Semitic incidents and incitement during the summer of 2014, including Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Spain, South Africa, Turkey, the United Kingdom and Uruguay, urging their head of delegation to specifically include such a condemnation in their remarks from the podium in the General Assembly.
“Such a statement would make clear to the international community that anti-Semitism is a global concern, and assure the Jewish community in your country that your government is taking this matter seriously,” said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, in a letter to each country’s representative. “While there is no single act that will eradicate anti-Semitism and other forms of hatred, the first step requires leadership to take a clear stand against this pernicious form of bigotry.”
ADL will also be conveying this message in a series of meetings with world leaders who are in New York for the UNGA. Other issues being raised in these discussions will include:
- Post Israel-Gaza Conflict: Ensuring that additional arrangements providing humanitarian relief for suffering Gazans, adequately address the need for long-term security for Israelis, including the demilitarization of Gaza.
- Iran’s Nuclear Weapons Program: Ensuring that any agreement from the negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 group provide for credible and verifiable measures to make sure Iran cannot develop nuclear weapons.
- Urging Yom Kippur be recognized as an official U.N. holiday
- Addressing the entrenched, institutionalized, anti-Israel infrastructure at the U.N.