UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres took an impressive stand calling to classify the denial of Israel’s right to exist as a modern form of antisemitism, while Speaking Sunday night at the World Jewish Congress’ Plenary Assembly in New York.
Guterres said although he cannot ban all kinds of biased expressions against Israel at the United Nations, Israel should be treated and has the right to be treated as any other U.N member.
“A modern form of antisemitism is the denial of the right of the State of Israel to exist,” Guterres said. “As secretary-general of the United Nations, I can say that the State of Israel needs to be treated as any other state, with exactly the same rules.”
It should be noticed that in regards to condemnation in the U.N Security Council, Israel’s actions were condemned 20 time in 2016, with 6 condemnations for the rest of the world, as said by the U.N. Watch, a pro-Israel group that monitors the international body. Therefore, the United Nations have been accused multiple times by Israel and U.S officials of continous condemnation against Israel.
Guterres emphasized that treating Israel fairly “does not mean I will always be in agreement with all the decisions made by any government position taken by any government that sits in Israel,” adding that he supports “the absolutely undeniable right of Israel to exist and to live in peace and security with its neighbors.” He also advocated the establishment of a Palestinian state.
Speaking ahead of Holocaust Remembrance Day, the secretary-general said “You can be absolutely sure, as secretary-general of the United Nations, I will be in the front line of the struggle against antisemitism, and to make sure the United Nations is able to take all possible actions for antisemitism to be condemned, and if possible, eradicated from the face of the earth.”
By: Efrat Baron