The United Nations on Thursday approved a Israel’s settlement condemns denying and misrepresenting the Holocaust, the Nazi genocide that killed nearly six million Jews and millions more.
The adoption of the resolution by the 193-member General Assembly, co-sponsored by Germany and supported by the United States and Russia, among others, comes amid growing anti-Semitism around the world. bridge, punctuated by a attack a synagogue in Texas less than a week ago.
Israel and other donors argue that this solution is necessary because of a lot of misinformation and ignorance about the Holocaust and the events surrounding it, especially among young people.
The General Assembly adopted the resolution by consensus – meaning it was passed without a vote between the states. Only Iran, Israel’s most ardent opponent, objected.
The resolution passed resulted in an unusual, albeit symbolic, diplomatic victory for Israel at the United Nations, where Israelis often argue that the narrative is often biased about Palestinian aspirations. to their state.
Diplomats said it was only the second time since the founding of Israel that the General Assembly passed an Israeli-backed resolution. The first was in 2005, when a resolution establishing an International Holocaust Remembrance Day was passed. That day, January 27, celebrates liberate Auschwitz concentration camps of Soviet soldiers in the last days of World War II.
Thursday’s vote was scheduled to coincide with the 80th anniversary of the Wannsee Conference, the 1942 lakeside gathering where high-ranking Nazi leaders devised what they called the “The Final Solution to the Jewish Question,” a plan to exterminate the Jews. One third of the world’s Jewish population, including 1.5 million children, will die under their organized policy of gas shooting, shooting and slave labor in Auschwitz and other concentration camps established by Hitler’s Nazi regime.
Gilad Erdan, Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations and grandson of Holocaust victims, said in the formal introduction of the resolution that although atrocities were well documented, “we are now We live in an age where fiction is becoming reality and the Holocaust is becoming a distant memory. ”
Mr Erdan said only about half of the world’s population had ever heard of the Holocaust, and some believe the events were just a “complete myth”.
Amplified by social media, Mr Erdan said, “Holocaust denial has spread like a cancer – it has spread under our watch”, which prompted the resolution of General Assembly became necessary.
The resolution reaffirms that the Holocaust “will forever serve as a warning to all of the dangers of hatred, bigotry, racism and prejudice”.
It expressed concern about “the growing prevalence of denial or distortion of the Holocaust through the use of information and communication technologies,” and called on all United Nations members to “refuse to without reservation of any denial or misrepresentation of the Holocaust as a historical event, in whole or in part, or of any activity for this purpose. “
The resolution also commends countries that have “actively engaged in the preservation of the sites of Nazi death camps, concentration camps, forced labor camps, murder sites and transparent prisons.” during the Holocaust, as well as similar sites run by the allied Nazi regimes and their accomplices. or auxiliary substances. ”
It also calls on all UN members to “develop educational programs that will inculcate future generations with the lessons of the Holocaust to help prevent future acts of genocide” and calls for “Social media companies take aggressive measures to combat anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial or distortion.”
The United Nations has made a number of educational efforts to combat anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial, largely through the work of UNESCO – the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. Last year, for example, UNESCO and World Jewish Congress signed an agreement with Facebook direct users searching for Holocaust terms to the informational website they created, aboutholocaust.org.
Eliot Minchenberg, director of UNESCO’s New York office, said a similar deal could soon be signed with TikTok.
He also said the new UN resolution would “certainly give us more support, and possibly leverage, when it comes to engaging member states” in their efforts to educate people about the Holocaust, note that in many countries its history is not taught in schools. .
“We shouldn’t be surprised if the kids don’t know,” he said.
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