Jewish Leaders Denounce Passage of Anti-Israel UN Resolutions

New York, NY

 . . . Arthur Stark, Chairman, and Malcolm Hoenlein, Executive Vice Chairman/CEO of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, issued the following statement:

“We are dismayed by the UN's continued and blatant bias against Israel as evidenced by the submission last week of more than a dozen resolutions concerning the Jewish State, eight of which were passed. These resolutions are antithetical to the UN’s purpose as an international body meant to treat all nations equally.

Included in the eight that were passed was a resolution creating a committee to investigate alleged human rights abuses by Israel, as well as a resolution critical of Israel’s presence in the Golan Heights. No other country in the international community is subject to this kind of treatment by the UN, and the continuation of Israel being singled out for censure does not bode well for hopes of reform.

In particular, we oppose the resolution renewing the mandate of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), which has been under investigation in recent months since an internal UN report found evidence of corruption and mismanagement. The UNRWA Commissioner General Pierre Krähenbühl resigned in disgrace just last week due to these allegations, yet the agency’s mandate has been renewed without change despite it being embroiled in scandal. There are also many problems regarding UNRWA beyond the report, including the biased textbooks used in their schools, that should be addressed before coming to a blanket renewal."

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