(Washington, D.C., Dec. 13, 2019)— B’nai B’rith International President Charles O. Kaufman and CEO Daniel S. Mariaschin have issued the following statement:
We are outraged, but not surprised, by today’s United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) adoption of eight resolutions that single out Israel and do not mention any other country by name.
One of the resolutions renews the mandate of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), a corrupt, politicized agency with a bloated budget that promotes anti-Israel incitement. Another resolution renews the mandate of a pro-Palestinian “special committee” within the U.N. with the sole purpose of relentlessly attacking Israel. The General Assembly also passed an absurd resolution on the Golan Heights, the second of this session, which is more scrutiny than the murderous Syrian regime on the other side of the border from the Golan will receive this UNGA session. We thank all countries that voted with the United States and Israel against these heavily biased resolutions.
The U.N. cannot achieve progress working towards peace and security until it stops demonizing and singling out Israel more than all other countries, including egregious violators of human rights. The UNGA’s tendency to pass biased and redundant resolution after resolution blasting Israel while effectively ignoring serious concerns in other countries points to the continuing moral decay at this global institution.
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