Biden’s UN envoy at Israel solidarity rally: ‘Never again’ is now. Am Yisrael Chai’

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US bureau chief

US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield addresses a New York rally in support of Israel on October 11, 2023. (Andrew Weinstein/US Mission to the UN/X)
US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield addresses a New York rally in support of Israel on October 11, 2023. (Andrew Weinstein/US Mission to the UN/X)

US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield says Americans must tell the stories of the victims of Hamas’s onslaught over the weekend.

“Hamas terrorists slaughtered more than a thousand innocent civilians, including at least 22 Americans. Reports estimate that more than 100 civilians were taken hostage. But these numbers – as shocking as they are – do not do justice to the depths of horrors, the depravity of the violence. They do not do justice to the victims and their loved ones. Human lives are not just numbers,” Thomas-Greenfield says at a diplomatic community gathering in solidarity with Israel hosted by the American Jewish Committee in New York.

Diplomats from 58 countries are present for the event.

“We must tell the stories of those who were executed, who were raped, who were kidnapped. Entire families, children, babies, Holocaust survivors, grandparents in wheelchairs,” she continues. “And we must tell the stories of innocent civilians like Doron Asher Katz and her two young daughters, who were taken hostage while visiting their grandmother in southern Israel. Whose whereabouts, like so many others, are still unknown.

“To my diplomatic colleagues, this moment is a test of the international community. It is a test of our common humanity. We cannot draw false equivalencies between Hamas’ outrageous attacks and Israel’s inherent right of self-defense under the UN Charter, and we cannot issue weak condemnations that fail to unequivocally denounce Hamas by name,” the US ambassador asserts.

“For far too long, Israel has been unfairly targeted in the UN system, and that needs to change. Now is the moment to stand in solidarity with Israel,” she declares.

Reflecting on a 2021 visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial museum in Israel, Thomas-Greenfield recalls participating in a ceremony rekindling the eternal flames at the site’s Hall of Remembrance.

“That solemn ceremony… served as a poignant reminder for me that we must live up to a sacred promise: ‘Never Again.'”

“‘Never Again,’ my friends, is now. The eyes of the world are on us. The eyes of history are on us. We must condemn this barbaric violence, and we must combat the scourge of antisemitism,” Thomas-Greenfield says.

“And we must keep the memories of the victims of these attacks alive. Let us share their stories with the world. The families they built. The joy they spread. The Mitzvahs they performed. May their memories be a blessing. May we shun evil and do good. And may we seek peace. Am Yisrael Chai.”

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