The international grassroots civil rights movement #EndJewHatred issued the following statement after holding a rally outside the United Natios to stand in solidarity with the men, women and children in Israel who are under fire from terrorist attacks while that world body held a celebration calling the homeland of the Jewish people a “catastrophe:”
“While we are disgusted that the U.N. decided to move forward with another example of blatant antisemitism, we were not surprised. The U.N.’s tacit endorsement of the same hate-filled rhetoric used by the terrorists attacking civilians is only the latest example of the systemic Jew-hatred in that institution.
“We thank those who joined us outside the U.N. to stand in solidarity with the Jewish community and celebrate the state of Israel. We also want to thank the U.S. and U.K. missions to the U.N., as well as the dozens of other countries, that did not participate in this hateful programming. The real ‘catastrophe’ is the continued hypocrisy by an organization that claims to work for peace while standing with those who want to see the destruction of Israel.”
#EndJewHatred parked a billboard truck in front of U.N. headquarters, visible to everyone who entered the compound, which displayed messages of solidarity and unity with the Jewish people.
Condemnation of the “Nakba Day” event also came from the Israeli Consulate at the United Nations.
“As we celebrate 75 years since the miracle of Israel’s founding, It is despicable that some are attempting to reframe this historic achievement as a ‘catastrophe,’” said Itay Milner, Consul for Media Affairs of Israel in New York. “Born out of the ashes of the Holocaust, Israel is an answer to millennia of persecution. It is a testament to the resilience of the Jewish people—and a stark reminder of what Jewish history looks like when Jews do not have a homeland in which to seek refuge. Thanks to #EndJewHatred for organizing this important event, and to all of you for such a gratifying show of support.”
A number of elected officials tweeted out #EndJewHatredattheUN, including Reps. Jared Moskowitz, Mike Lawler, Brian Mast, and Doug Lamborn. The support of our elected representatives is so crucial to finding a meaningful way to institute change at the world body.
Pictures and videos from Monday’s rally can be found here.