The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) is appalled by the words of United Nations General Assembly President Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann (Nicaragua) for accusing Israel of apartheid, calling for divestment and sanctions against Israel and claiming that our Palestinian “brothers and sisters are being crucified” by Israel. His remarks were made on November 24, 2008 during the UN Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. This annual event marks the adoption of the General Assembly’s partition resolution which called for the creation of a Jewish and an Arab state on November 29, 1947.
“I spoke this morning about apartheid and how Israeli policies in the
Brockmann’s comments led Anne Bayefsky, an international law and human rights scholar and activist who is Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute, a prestigious Washington-D.C. based think tank, to comment, “Brockmann’s assault is a gross abuse of the position of Assembly President
He knows full well that his outrageous personal views will be translated into six languages and webcast around the world.” Professor Bayefsky, who is also a former Columbia University Law Professor, edits the web-site, Eye on the UN, and recently addressed the ZOA’s Brandeis Dinner in
ZOA National President Morton A. Klein said, “General Assembly President Brockmann’s words remind us that, tragically, the United Nations has become the most prominent forum for the expression of hatred and anti-Semitism. Statements about Jews ‘crucifying’ anyone are part of a long, horrid history of anti-Semitism in which Jews are held guilty of the charge of deicide. It is part of the demonization of Jews that makes anti-Semitism a uniquely pernicious, durable form of hatred, not simply another form of bigotry, serious enough as that would be.
“To single out Israel without justification whatsoever for hatred, opprobrium and punishment via sanctions and other punitive measures only shows that Brockmann and other haters always seek the camouflage of human rights and other lofty ideals with which to conceal their venom. Despite giving voice to such transparent hatred, it remains astonishing that Brockmann made his statement without any reference to the horrors that exist in the Palestinian Authority and various Arab regimes, including the inculcation of the cult of suicide bombing and ‘martyrdom,’ and the incitement to hatred and murder that pervades so much of the Arab media, mosques, schools and other institutions.”