Anti-Israel invective was delivered throughout the day’s program. Ambassador Ahmed Fathalla, the representative of the Arab League, called Israel “racist,” accusing it of illegally “Judaizing Jerusalem,” as well as comparing Israel’s policies to that of apartheid-era South Africa. David Wildman, the executive secretary for human rights and racial justice at the United Methodist Church's General Board of Global Ministries, also continued his long history of anti-Israel animus by calling for “boycott, divestment and sanctions” efforts against Israel, and accusing the Jewish state of “colonization,” “ethnic cleansing” and “apartheid practices.”
“This event unfortunately continues to damage the U.N.’s credibility as a peace-promoting institution and further serves to widen the chasm between Israelis and Palestinians,” B’nai B’rith International Executive Vice President Daniel S. Mariaschin said. “For the U.N. to spearhead a day full of hate masquerading as a day of ‘solidarity’ is very disturbing and only highlights the uphill battle that we must continue to fight at the world body.”
A General Assembly session on the Day of Solidarity ended with the passage of six resolutions, one of them proclaiming 2014 as an International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. The resolution specifically calls on the U.N. Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People—a U.N. organ which serves to broadcast the Palestinian narrative and hosts many of the U.N. activities on the Day of Solidarity—to organize activities for this year.
Ironically, the Day of Solidarity marks the 1947 endorsement by the General Assembly of the establishment of neighboring Jewish and Arab states. The Arab world rejected that vision and sought instead to try to annihilate the nascent Jewish state. The Palestinians continue to refuse to recognize Israel as a Jewish state. For its part, Israel has repeatedly accepted the establishment of a Palestinian state living in peace with the Jewish state.