PM Netanyahu declined an
invitation from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and
Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to participate in a conference on
antisemitism at the United Nations on September 26 2018.
Netanyahu issued the following statement:
While I commend
all efforts to combat antisemitism, I have decided not to
participate in this week’s UNESCO conference on antisemitism due
to the organization’s persistent and egregious bias against
UNESCO has passed 71 resolutions condemning Israel and only 2
resolutions condemning all other countries combined.
This is simply
The mark of
antisemitism was once singling out the Jewish people for slander and
condemnation. The mark of antisemitism today is singling out the
Jewish state for slander and condemnation.
If UNESCO wants
to remove this mark of shame, it must do more than host a conference
on antisemitism. It must stop practicing antisemitism.
And it must
stop the absurdity of passing resolutions which deny the connection
between the Jewish people and the Land of Israel, between the Jewish
people and our eternal capital Jerusalem.
No matter what
UNESCO says, the Western Wall is not occupied Palestinian territory
and the Cave of the Patriarchs - the burial site of Abraham and
Sara, Isaac and Rebecca, Jacob, and Leah - is not a Palestinian
from UNESCO in 2017, Israel and the United States made a clear moral
statement that UNESCO’s antisemitism will no longer be tolerated.
If and when
UNESCO ends its bias against Israel, stops denying history and
starts standing up for the truth, Israel will be honored to rejoin.
Israel will fight antisemitism at UNESCO and everywhere else.