B’nai B’rith International commends Canada’s unflinching support of Israel before the United Nations General Assembly.
In his Sept. 26 address, Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird noted that his country does not support the unilateral Palestinian appeal to the United Nations for membership, and he encouraged direct talks between the two sides.
Baird said of Israel: “We uphold its fundamental right, like any member state, to defend innocent civilians against acts of terrorism. Just as fascism and communism were the great struggles of previous generations, terrorism is the great struggle of ours. And far too often, the Jewish state is on the front line of our struggle and its people the victims of terror. Canada will not accept or stay silent while the Jewish state is attacked for defending its territory and its citizens.”
Canada’s commitment to support the founding principles of the United Nations should serve as an example to nations that seek to pervert the core values of the world body for political purposes.
“During a week of speeches condemning the Jewish state, it was refreshing to hear Canada’s unwavering support for Israel,” B’nai B’rith International President Allan J. Jacobs said.
Jacobs, along with Executive Vice President Daniel S. Mariaschin and other B’nai B’rith leaders, held dozens of high-level meetings with global leaders in New York for the start of the 66th General Assembly session.
“It is deeply encouraging to witness such solid support for Israel at the United Nations, which unfortunately has too often become a forum for condemnation of Israel,” Mariaschin said. “Canada deserves our sincere gratitude for its principled stance in support of Israel.”
B’nai B’rith International has been active at the United Nations since its inception.