The United Nations overwhelmingly voted to declare 2014 the “International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People” during an unprecedented vote that human rights observers say was marred by anti-Israel fervor.
The U.N.’s General Assembly (UNGA) voted 110 to 7 to approve the resolution on Nov. 26, just a day after the measure was put forth during a controversial series of meetings to mark 2013’s “International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.”
While the U.N. holds a Palestinian solidarity day each year, this is the first time that it has voted to dedicate an entire year to what it describes as the plight of the Palestinian people.
Daniel S. Mariaschin, executive vice president of B’nai B’rith International (BBI), a Jewish group with a strong presence at the United Nations, said that the 2014 resolution is part of a larger campaign to delegitimize Israel on the world stage.
“We in the Jewish community, organization, and friends of our community, will need to redouble our efforts” to correct the narrative about Israel, Mariaschin told the Free Beacon. “This is one example of something we’ll certainly be pushing back against, educating, and engaging in our advocacy activity.”…more.