Israel to lead UN discussion on anti-Semitism

UN General Assembly President Sam Kutesa has accepted an Israeli initiative and a request by 40 other member countries to hold a special discussion on anti-Semitism at the UN.

Forty countries joined the request signed by Israel’s Ambassador to the UN Ron Prosor, including the US, Canada, Australia, Rwanda, Panama, Andorra and all members of the EU including France, the UK and Germany.

Israeli Ambassador to the UN Ron Prosor. (courtesy)
Israeli Ambassador to the UN Ron Prosor. (courtesy)

The US, Canada and an EU delegation alongside Israel will lead the day-long discussion, slated to take place on January 22. The event will be streamed live on the UN’s website.

Jewish-French thinker and publicist Bernard-Henri Levy already confirmed his participation in the event.

Prosor said that “the new year opens with tragic anti-Semitic incidents, one of the old issues refusing to die out, on the UN’s agenda. The UN’s mission is to fight such phenomena and it is its duty to offer ways to cope with such incidents. I am proud that many countries around the world joined Israel’s request to discuss this issue, in order to put an end to a phenomenon that should have, by now, been learned in history class and not receive painful headlines in morning papers.”

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