Historic Anti-Semitism Conference at U.N.

Five hundred people gathered on the third floor of the United Nations recently for a conference on the rise of anti-Semitism. Although held at the U.N., the conference was sponsored by the by the U.N. Permanent Mission of Palau and the Aja Eze Foundation.

 “If you want to know why Palau is doing this, the answer is that it’s a matter of practicing our faith,” said Dr. Caleb Otto, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Palau to the United Nations. Otto, who delivered the opening statement at the conference, was among seven speakers at this event. “As a Christian nation,” he said, “we believe in the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and the twelve tribes of Israel. … This God has said, ‘I will bless those who bless Israel and curse those who curse Israel.’ ”

That is why, according to Pastor Mario Bramnick, vice president and chief liaison for Israel and the National Hispanic Christian Leadership, “every single nation historically that has come against Israel has, in fact, been judged by God.”

“This is a historic meeting,” he added, “There never has been a meeting on anti-Semitism like this in the halls of the United Nations.”

The reason for this, said Anne Bayefsky, director of the Touro Institute on Human Rights and the Holocaust, is “because the United Nations itself is the leading global purveyor of anti-Semitism.”

To prove this point, Bayefsky stated that around 35 percent of all resolutions and decisions approved by the U.N.’s Human Rights Council condemn Israel. “That’s anti-Semitism,” she said. Fifty percent of the emergency sessions held by the U.N.’s General Assembly (GA) over the past 60 years “were convened to denounce Israel.” In addition, Bayefsky said, in 2013, 70 percent of the GA resolutions targeting a specific country for human rights abuses focused on Israel.

However, this conference didn’t merely focus on anti-Semitism coming from the United Nations, but largely on the vast number of anti-Semitic incidents that have been occurring around the world. Ron Prosor, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations, illustrated this point, quoting the World Zionist Organization figures which state that during July, European anti-Semitic incidents increased by 436%, American incidents rose by 130% and anti-Semitic acts in South America rose by 1,200%

“Where is the outrage? Where are the universal condemnations? The silence of 2014 sounds very, very similar to the silence of the 1930s,” he said. “Seventy years have passed, yet there is little difference for European Jews in 1937 and 2014.”

Brigette Gabriel, CEO and president of ACT for America, focused, instead, on the dangers posed by anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism in the Middle East. “The only difference [between ISIS and Hamas],” she said, “is focus. ISIS seeks a world-wide caliphate; Hamas is focused on the destruction of Israel. However, their motivation, methods and morals are the same… They want to impose Islam.”

Most speakers at the event echoed Adanma Eze’s call to action and urged every person around the world to stand up against anti-Semitism. Mark Langfan, the UN correspondent for Arutz Sheva and a security analyst, explained that “Israel’s fight today will be the world’s fight tomorrow.”

Five hundred people gathered on the third floor of the United Nations recently for a conference on the rise of anti-Semitism. Although held at the U.N., the conference was sponsored by the by the U.N. Permanent Mission of Palau and the Aja Eze Foundation.

 “If you want to know why Palau is doing this, the answer is that it’s a matter of practicing our faith,” said Dr. Caleb Otto, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Palau to the United Nations. Otto, who delivered the opening statement at the conference, was among seven speakers at this event. “As a Christian nation,” he said, “we believe in the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and the twelve tribes of Israel. … This God has said, ‘I will bless those who bless Israel and curse those who curse Israel.’ ”

That is why, according to Pastor Mario Bramnick, vice president and chief liaison for Israel and the National Hispanic Christian Leadership, “every single nation historically that has come against Israel has, in fact, been judged by God.”

“This is a historic meeting,” he added, “There never has been a meeting on anti-Semitism like this in the halls of the United Nations.”

The reason for this, said Anne Bayefsky, director of the Touro Institute on Human Rights and the Holocaust, is “because the United Nations itself is the leading global purveyor of anti-Semitism.”

To prove this point, Bayefsky stated that around 35 percent of all resolutions and decisions approved by the U.N.’s Human Rights Council condemn Israel. “That’s anti-Semitism,” she said. Fifty percent of the emergency sessions held by the U.N.’s General Assembly (GA) over the past 60 years “were convened to denounce Israel.” In addition, Bayefsky said, in 2013, 70 percent of the GA resolutions targeting a specific country for human rights abuses focused on Israel.

However, this conference didn’t merely focus on anti-Semitism coming from the United Nations, but largely on the vast number of anti-Semitic incidents that have been occurring around the world. Ron Prosor, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations, illustrated this point, quoting the World Zionist Organization figures which state that during July, European anti-Semitic incidents increased by 436%, American incidents rose by 130% and anti-Semitic acts in South America rose by 1,200%

“Where is the outrage? Where are the universal condemnations? The silence of 2014 sounds very, very similar to the silence of the 1930s,” he said. “Seventy years have passed, yet there is little difference for European Jews in 1937 and 2014.”

Brigette Gabriel, CEO and president of ACT for America, focused, instead, on the dangers posed by anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism in the Middle East. “The only difference [between ISIS and Hamas],” she said, “is focus. ISIS seeks a world-wide caliphate; Hamas is focused on the destruction of Israel. However, their motivation, methods and morals are the same… They want to impose Islam.”

Most speakers at the event echoed Adanma Eze’s call to action and urged every person around the world to stand up against anti-Semitism. Mark Langfan, the UN correspondent for Arutz Sheva and a security analyst, explained that “Israel’s fight today will be the world’s fight tomorrow.”