At UN Antisemitism Conference, Saudi Arabia Blames Israel for Rise in Antisemitism

by JNS
January 23, 2015

At the first-ever informal United Nations conference addressing antisemitism, surprise attendee Saudi Arabia blamed Israeli “occupation” for the global rise in antisemitism. “Colonization and occupation fuels antisemitism…occupation is an act of antisemitism. It threatens human rights and human kind,” said Saudi Arabian ambassador Abdallah al-Mouallimi, who spoke on behalf of the 57-member Organization of Islamic Countries. Al-Mouallimi also condemned all words and acts that lead to “to hatred, antisemitism, Islamophobia.” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon struck a different tone, arguing that “grievances about Israeli actions must never be used as an excuse to attack Jews.” READ MORE

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