The International Holocaust Remembrance Day Charade

The world pays lip service to the Holocaust -- while laying the groundwork for the next one.

w-holocaust-dayPresident Barack Obama joined in the commemorations of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day (the day the Red Army liberated Auschwitz, January 27, 1945), issuing a statement that urged the nation and the world to remember the victims of the Holocaust.  His statement said “We recall six million Jews and millions of other innocent victims who were murdered in Nazi death camps. We mourn lives cut short and communities torn apart.” Obama added, “In our lives, we always have choices. In our time, this means choosing to confront bigotry and hatred in all its forms, especially anti-Semitism.” Obama’s statement talked about doing our part to ensure that survivors receive some measure of justice.

While President Obama’s words are praiseworthy, his recent actions in striking a deal with the Islamic Republic of Iran, which is dedicated to the destruction of the Jewish state, and pressuring Israel to make dangerous concessions to the Palestinians, is placing the Jewish state in jeopardy. The Obama administration must recognize the fact that to ensure survivors receive ‘some measure of justice’ means protecting the Jewish state, and the living Jews from another Holocaust. The anti-Semites of this world, whether in the halls of the U.N. or in Tehran, Ramallah, or Gaza, want nothing better than to annihilate the Jewish state. 

The State of Israel is the “collective Jew,” and home to the majority of Holocaust survivors. The charade that the U.N. puts on annually on January 27, called the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, cannot obscure its deliberate and vicious anti-Semitism practiced by the majority of this body, and its affiliated agencies, targeting exclusively the Jewish state. 

Addressing the U.N. delegates in January, 2005, on the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp, Israel’s foreign minister at the time, Sylvan Shalom reminded the delegates that the U.N. Charter meant to insure against another Holocaust. “The very first clauses of the UN Charter bear witness to the understanding of the founders, that this new international organization (The United Nations, JP) must serve as the world's answer to evil (of the Nazi holocaust JP), that it comes, and I quote: ‘to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights and the dignity and worth of the human person.’ ”

The current Israeli ambassador to the U.N., Ron Prosor, had this to say on Monday, January 27, 2014. “The U.N. marks the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, but the hatred that is disseminated by (certain) governments only shows that the organization (the U.N., JP) has yet to internalize the lessons of the Holocaust.  Nearly 70 years since the end of World War II, we are still witnesses to the phenomena of racism and anti-Semitism that rears its head around the world.”  Prosor pointed out that anti-Semitism has not been eradicated, and its venom is being expressed in sermons by Palestinian Authority (PA) clerics, in PA educational institutions, textbooks, and in speeches by leaders around the world. He accused Gaza based Hamas of perpetuating anti-Jewish propaganda, and specified that “Palestinian children learn that the lives of Jews are worth less.”

On the eve of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the Israeli government received its annual report on anti-Semitism worldwide. It appears from the report that there has been a worrisome increase in anti-Semitism, according to 76% of the respondents. The report presented by Economy Minister Naftali Bennett, shows that the highest percentage of reported anti-Semitic activities are in Hungary, France, Belgium, and Sweden. The situation is less severe in Italy, Germany, and Britain. In Hungary, the respondents pointed to the extreme Right as the most threatening to Jews, whereas in France and Belgium, radical Muslims are the major source of anti-Semitic hate. 69 years after the liberation of Auschwitz, European Jews live once again in fear.

If aliens stumbled upon the U.N. debates, read its resolutions, or walked the U.N. halls, they would clearly conclude that the sole purpose of this world body is to censure a tiny Jewish state called Israel. The Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), which is a non-voting observer to the U.N., is the second largest intergovernmental organization after the U.N, and can count on the votes of 57 Islamic states as its members. Along with the Third World member states, the OIC is almost guaranteed to master an “automatic majority.” Until the fall of the Soviet Union, that majority could add the Soviet Bloc, and in 1975, following a steady drumbeat of anti-Israel declarations, the U.N. General Assembly adopted the resolution that “Zionism is Racism.”  

This January, a few days before UNESCO was to launch a landmark exhibit at its Paris headquarters on The 3,500 Year Relationship of the Jewish People and the Land of Israel, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) reneged due to Arab League pressure.  UNESCO chief Irina Bokova shamefully surrendered to the Arab demands. Hillel Neuer of the U.N. Watch revealed that “if the notorious UN Human Rights Council dedicates a full 50% of its resolutions to demonizing the Jewish state, at UNESCO the numbers are 100%.”  Neuer added, “Despite the repeated claims by the Obama administration that UNESCO is God’s gift to the Jews, and to humanity, the opposite is true; it is arguably the most anti-Jewish body in the entire U.N.”

With remarkable cynicism, the same Ms. Bokova, UNESCO’s chief, who canceled The 3,500 Year Relationship of the Jewish People and the Land of Israel exhibit, attending the International Holocaust Remembrance Day at Paris Shoah Memorial stated, “The future cannot be built on a forgotten past. The history of the Jewish genocide is the history of the Jewish people and it is also the history of humanity as a whole.”

The Guardian piece by Alexander Ryvchin (November 26, 2013) exposes the anti-Israel bias in the U.N.  He wrote, “The need for greater balance in the U.N. treatment of the Arab-Israeli conflict recently came to light in the most unexpected of circumstances.  Earlier this month the U.N. General Assembly convened to engage in its annual ritual of passing a series of resolutions condemning Israel. Not a single resolution critical of the Palestinian leadership, or concerning any other global issue for that matter, was adopted during the meeting. The point of interest was the candid reaction of a Spanish-speaking U.N. interpreter, oblivious to the fact that her microphone remained on as she addressed her colleague.” The interpreter complained about 10 anti-Israel resolutions while there’s other really bad things happening around the world, but no one says anything about the other problems. Ryvchin concluded, “Through her frank admission, the interpreter, unencumbered by rank or protocol, was perhaps the only person in the room who had nothing to be embarrassed about. She had spoken an inconvenient truth, and the delegates in the chamber knew it.”

The inconvenient truth is that the U.N. is a major purveyor of anti-Semitism today.  Through its deliberate bias against the Jewish state it has also fostered anti-Jewish bigotry. The only Jews the U.N. undemocratic majority loves are dead Jews, hence the annual lip service to the Holocaust, and condemnation of anti-Semitism. Ambassador Prosor summed it up best when he said “The State of Israel is the only guarantee that the future fate of the Jewish people will be held in our own hands.”

As long as the cabals of undemocratic states hold sway at the U.N. and its affiliated institutions, and President Obama facilitates a stronger and more dangerous Iran, the International Holocaust Remembrance Day must be seen for what it is; lip service to murdered Jews and a charade.

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