B’nai B’rith International President Gary P. Saltzman and CEO Daniel S. Mariaschin have issued the following statement:
B’nai B’rith welcomes UNESCO’s postponement of votes on two anti-Israel resolutions regarding issues related to the Palestinians. We commend the tireless work of Israel’s diplomatic team for this accomplishment, and we thank the U.S. delegation for its support of Israel on this matter.
We have long fought against the mistreatment of Israel at UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) and across numerous U.N. agencies, which serially single out Israel for supposed misdeeds more than all other nations combined. In few other systems would a six-month postponement of such discrimination be viewed in positive terms. Yet Israel is so often a target of the U.N. machine that this can be considered a positive step.
We hope this six-month deferment will lead to more cooperation with Israel and we pledge to continue working with our partners at the United Nations to ensure more just, fair and responsible treatment of the Jewish state within the world body.