B’nai B’rith International President Gary P. Saltzman and CEO Daniel S. Mariaschin have issued the following statement:
B’nai B’rith International denounces the United Nations General Assembly for yet again passing six resolutions singling out Israel for condemnation and disregarding the Palestinians’ fueling of the ongoing conflict in the Middle East.
The U.N.'s “International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People” — redundant, as so much of the U.N. system is already hijacked year-round for that purpose — remains a tragic farce, as it falls on the anniversary of the day in 1947 when the world body endorsed the establishment of a Jewish state, a vision rejected by Arab states then and key Palestinian leaders to this day.
The resolutions adopted today were in keeping with the anti-Israel narrative that is pervasive at the U.N.
In terms of practical effect, perhaps the most egregious of the resolutions passed today authorize funding for the operations of the U.N.’s Division for Palestinian Rights (DPR) and the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (CEIRPP). These two propaganda bodies housed within the U.N. system, beyond being a waste of millions of dollars of taxpayer resources from donor countries, are on the front lines of efforts to attack and isolate Israel globally.
Another particularly odious resolution again seeks to erase Israel’s connection to Jerusalem by only using the Muslim name for the Temple Mount — this rebrands Judaism’s holiest site as solely an Islamic one.
Yet one other resolution claims that the Israeli presence on the Golan Heights is an obstacle to peace in the region, not the murderous regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, or the terrorist organization Hezbollah.
B’nai B’rith commends the United States, Canada, Micronesia and the Marshall Islands for joining with Israel in voting against all six of today’s distorted resolutions. Australia, Honduras and Nauru voted against several of the resolutions and abstained on others.
The U.N. shows no self-awareness in demonstrating its relentless bias towards Israel — a country that stands out in the Middle East with its commitment to democracy, diversity and coexistence. B’nai B’rith stands with Israel, and we will continue to combat the anti-Israel and even anti-Semitic prejudice on display at the U.N.