While much of our recent focus on the United Nations has been because of the UNESCO resolution against Israel, the international body continues to abuse the Jewish state in other ways, as well. Writing at JNS, Israel's Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador David Roet, writes that the U.N. needs to combat anti-Semitism not just for Israel's sake, but "for the sake of all nations and all people":
My father, Haim Hendrick Roet, a Holocaust survivor from the Netherlands, addressed the United Nations General Assembly in January, during its annual Holocaust memorial ceremony with this poignant cri de coeur:
“Looking back 70 years,” he said, “it is heartbreaking that as a world, we did not learn enough from the Holocaust.”
Eight months later, speaking from the same U.N. podium, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani embodied all that my father had decried, demonstrating once again that Iran failed to learn past lessons. “Zionist pressure groups,” Rouhani claimed, have contaminated the U.S. Congress, “forcing the highest American judicial institution to violate peremptory norms of international law.”
The spectacle of an Iranian leader spewing centuries-old canards about Jewish control over foreign governments, financial institutions and the media is hardly new. Anti-Semitism is, after all, the most durable and pliable of all conspiracy theories known to humankind.
What’s deeply disappointing and dangerous, however, is the utter passivity and lack of condemnation that followed this statement...