The United Nations General Assembly on Thursday adopted a resolution prepared by Israel condemning any Holocaust denial and urging all nations and social media companies to “take active measures to combat anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial or distortion.” ”.
The 193-member world body passed the resolution by consensus, without a vote, and with a hammer blow by Assembly President Abdullah Shahid, who met with a group of Holocaust survivors before the assembly convened. Israel’s number one enemy, Iran, “distanced itself” from the resolution.
The ambassadors of Israel and Germany, who strongly supported the resolution, stressed the importance of its adoption on January 20, the 80th anniversary of the Wannsees Conference, where Nazi leaders coordinated plans for a so-called “Final settlement of the Jewish question.” in a cottage on the shores of Lake Wannsee in Berlin in 1942, during World War II.
The result of that conference was the creation of Nazi death camps and the killing of nearly 6 million Jews, who made up one-third of the Jewish people. In addition, according to the resolution, millions of people of other nationalities, members of minorities and targeted groups were killed.
“Now we live in an age where fabrication is becoming a reality and the Holocaust is becoming a distant memory,” Israeli Ambassador to the UN Gilad Erdan told the assembly, seeking support for the resolution.
Ambassador Erdan, the grandson of Holocaust survivors, said the resolution preserves the memory of the 6 million victims and is committed to ensuring that Holocaust distortion and denial “will no longer be tolerated.”
He said social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter and You Tube, were spreading the “pandemic of distortions and lies” about the Holocaust.
“Social media giants can no longer remain complacent about the hatred that has spread on their platforms,” and they must take action now, said the Israeli ambassador.
The resolution praises countries that have guarded Nazi death camps and urges the 193 UN member states to “develop educational programs that will teach future generations about the Holocaust, to help prevent future acts of genocide.”
The resolution urges the UN and its agencies to continue to develop and implement programs aimed at countering Holocaust denial and distortion, and to mobilize civil society and others to provide evidence about it.
Currently, the UN has an information program on the Holocaust and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO, has a program on Holocaust education and the fight against anti-Semitism.
Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid and German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock welcomed the resolution in a joint statement, expressing grave concern at the “dramatic increase in Holocaust denial and distortion.” They said the phenomenon of comparing current political disputes with the Holocaust was “deeply disturbing” and “a distortion of history”, as well as injustice to Holocaust victims.
Iran has accused Israel of being “the only apartheid regime in the world” whose ideology is based on the two main drivers of World War II, “racism and expansionism”. In a statement read by a young diplomat, Iran also accused Israel of trying to “use the suffering of the Jewish people in the past as cover for the crimes it has committed over the past seven decades against countries in the region, including all its neighbors.” of him, without exception ”.
Unlike Security Council resolutions, General Assembly resolutions are not legally binding but reflect global opinion.
In 2005, the General Assembly designated January 27, the day the Auschwitz concentration camp was liberated by the Soviet Army, as the International Day of Remembrance for Holocaust Victims./ VOA