U.N. Displays Anti-Israel Bias In Screening Palestinian Film: B’nai B’rith Appeals to General Assembly to Cancel Movie Screening
B’nai B’rith International urges the United Nations to cancel its plans to screen “Miral,” a film strongly biased in favor of Palestinians in describing the situation in the Middle East. If the U.N., which feigns objectivity, wants to contribute to the peace process, it will refrain from opening its house to biased programs which assume support for the Palestinians over Israel.
B’nai B’rith International President Dennis W. Glick and Executive Vice President Daniel S. Mariaschin have sent a letter to the General Assembly’s president, Joseph Deiss. The following text is an excerpt from the letter:
“Contrary to your spokesman’s explanation that such an event will be ‘conducive to a discussion on children in armed conflict,’ we believe that your unprecedented decision to host the opening screening of a one-sided and politicized movie in the General Assembly Hall will only serve to further erode trust that the United Nations could be capable of holding a fair discussion on the conflict. As Israelis mourn the five victims of the brutal terrorist attack over the weekend, the fact that the General Assembly has chosen to continue to host a festive event this evening featuring a blatantly anti-Israel movie will only help to cement the feeling that the United Nation is not willing to seriously consider the issues at the heart of the conflict for Israelis—the need for security and safety for civilians living under the constant threat of terrorism.”
“Over the years, we have seen the General Assembly pass dozens of biased resolutions against Israel, and we have witnessed some of your predecessors make truly appalling statements. We ask that you reconsider your decision to host the event this evening. Going forward with the screening of such a movie, especially in light of recent events, will only further tarnish the reputation of the General Assembly as a place where Israel will not be treated in a fair manner.”
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