On Wednesday, the United Nations voted to condemn anti-Semitism and Islamophobia. The vote comes in the wake of an attack in two New Zealand mosques last month that left 50 dead.
The resolution proposed by Turkey stated that the member states are “deeply alarmed by all terrorist attacks against places of worship that are motivated by religious hatred, including antisemitism and anti-Muslim hatred.”
The resolution also expressed “deep concern at the instances of intolerance and discrimination and acts of violence occurring in the world, including cases motivated by discrimination against persons belonging to religious minorities.”
A previous version of the Turkish resolution which focused on condemning Islamophobia without mentioning anti-Semitism was accepted by consensus on Tuesday but failed to come to a vote after the Israeli ambassador, Danny Danon, organized other nations to object.
“The memory of history seems to be fading with time, but our diplomatic efforts have shown that we will not allow the international community to remain silent while a wave of anti-Semitism spreads throughout the world,” Danon said.
“This is an Israeli achievement at the UN and a crushing loss to the forces of hatred. However, it is very unfortunate that we had to fight to include anti-Semitism in the draft resolution,” he noted.
“I remind the world that denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination in their land and being anti-Israel is no different from anti-Semitism. The time has come for the world to act uncompromisingly against hatred and anti-Semitism.”