The United Nations Held a Two-day Event to Promote Antisemitism and Advocate the Destruction of the

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The UN called it a “Forum to Mark 50 Years of Occupation,” an event at UN Headquarters in New York on June 29 & 30, 2017 dedicated to the destruction of the UN member state of Israel. The promotion of terror, the antisemitism, the hate speech and the incitement to violence were planned, overt and broadcast around the world by a UN webcast.

The organizers were the 26 member states and 24 observer states and other entities that comprise the “UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People” (CEIRPP). Not a single Western democracy is among them. The CEIRPP was created in 1975 to implement the infamous General Assembly resolution declaring Zionism to be a form of racism. Though the resolution was eventually rescinded, forty-two years later the UN body created to keep the hate alive is still active.

UN-Invited Speakers Chosen for their Antisemitic and Pro-terror Record

Invited speakers, hand-picked by the UN Committee, included the following individuals:

Saeb Erekat (UN invited panelist, Secretary-General of the Palestine Liberation Organization): “We are protecting ourselves with the bodies of our sons and daughters, because Israel does not protect itself, but rather its crimes, occupation and settlement… Whoever wants to fight ISIS and terror in the region, must understand that this can’t be done without drying up the quagmire of Israeli occupation in the region.’”

Mouin Rabbani (UN invited panel moderator, Institute for Palestine Studies): “...Netanyahu is the heir to that faction of the pre-state Zionist movement eventually known as revisionism, which was in fact inspired by fascism, albeit an Italian variant led by Mussolini. Um, and during World War II, in 1941, one faction of that movement, which was eventually led by Yitzhak Shamir, made an approach to Nazi Germany, during the Holocaust I should add, proposing an alliance with Berlin against the British, who then ruled Palestine. So, there’s a long history here. Netanyahu today is the heir and the leader of that wing of the Zionist movement.”

Nabil Elaraby (UN invited panelist, Secretary-General of the League of Arab States): Speaking of Israel Elaraby “...said the country ‘has truly become the last bastion of fascism, colonialism and racial discrimination in the world.”

Israel has unleashed war. It is a war of racism… The Israeli government has adopted a law to strengthen the Jewish essence of Israel…Israel has ... committed crimes and massacres, horrible massacres, of Palestinian people…These are crimes described as war crimes, as genocide…”

Robert Blecher (UN invited panel moderator, NGO International Crisis Group): “Hamas had little to lose on the eve of June 25, when a raid by its military wing and two other armed groups captured Cpl. Gilad Shalit and killed two of his fellow soldiers at the Kerem Shalom army post on the Gaza-Israel border. Ever since the Islamist party formed a government in March, it has been systematically denied the resources necessary for domestic governance and the ability to implement a foreign policy… Israel, the US and the European Union refused to accept the new Palestinian government as a negotiating partner, turning back the diplomatic clock to September 1, 1975, when Secretary of State Henry Kissinger committed the US not to talk to the Palestine Liberation Organization unless it renounced terrorism and accepted Israel’s right to exist.”

Mustafa Barghouti (UN invited panelist, member of the PLO Central Council, Palestinian legislative council, General Secretary of the Palestinian political party the Palestinian National Initiative):While serving as the president of the Palestinian Medical Relief Society, his organization wrote “The segregationist apartheid-style policies employed by the Israeli authorities and the subsequent restrictions imposed on the Palestinian people are in contravention to multiple international declarations and conventions to which Israel is party. Israel has been internationally condemned for the racist ideology and the collective punishments which it employs against the Palestinian population… “

Rebecca Vilkomerson (UN invited panelist, UN CEIRPP accredited NGO Jewish Voice for Peace): “... there have been attacks on Israeli civilians too. These are a horrifying symptom of ongoing occupation and repression…”

Helena Cobban (UN invited panel moderator, NGO Just World Educational): “Ever since the early ethnic cleansings of 1947-48, the Palestinian people has suffered from the linked horrors of dispossession, dislocation…”

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Jody Williams (UN keynote speaker, Nobel Women’s Initiative): Signatory to an open letter published in the Guardian during the midst of the 2014 Gaza War (when Hamas terrorists were trying to infiltrate Israel through terror tunnels, firing rockets at Israeli civilians and using the Palestinian population as human shields) that included: “Israel has once again unleashed the full force of its military against the captive Palestinian population…in an inhumane and illegal act of military aggression…We call on the UN and governments across the world to take immediate steps to implement a comprehensive and legally binding military embargo on Israel, similar to that imposed on South Africa during apartheid.”

Dianna Buttu (UN invited - PLO former legal Advisor): “I think we can’t delude ourselves into believing that Zionism isn’t an enemy of the Palestinian people, it is… I think we really have to question and start challenging Zionism, Zionism as a whole, not just Zionism as it pertains to the 67 borders, not just Zionism in terms of Greater Israel, but Zionism as a concept and the way that it has been implemented that seeks to replace one people with another, and that is something that we really have to start questioning… There is something actually innately antisemitic about the concept of Israel…”

Omar Shakir (UN invited panelist, UN accredited NGO Human Rights Watch): At a past meeting organized by the CEIRPP, Shakir “called the Member States to ensure that businesses stop operating in, financing, servicing, or trading with Israeli settlements…”

David Wildman (UN invited panelist, UN accredited NGO United Methodist Church): At a prior CEIRPP meeting held at U.N. Headquarters Wildman said: “I have therefore also been very involved in the boycott, divestment and sanctions efforts of many sectors of civil society.”

Wesam Ahmed (UN invited panelist, UN accredited NGO Al Haq): At a CEIRPP meeting held in Vienna Ahmed said: “Another avenue of action was to challenge third States and private corporations over their relations with Israel. Counterproductive actions, on the other hand, included permitting Israel to join the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) or holding a Union of European Football Association (UEFA) meeting in Tel Aviv. Those recent actions suggested to the Israeli people that life was normal…

UN-invited speakers compare Israelis to ISIS

UN-invited speaker Saeb Erekat, a Palestinian representative and top negotiator, used his UN podium to equate the “Jewish State”, with ISIS, the “Islamic State.”

In Erekat’s words:

“There are two ways combined to defeat ISIS. One is ending the Israeli occupation that began in 1967…Ending the Israeli occupation is a must, is a responsibility for the international community. And the logic of some of those who argue that why should Israel make peace, it has 5,000 tanks, it has 3,000 fighting planes and nuclear weapons, Congress, Senate, and Nikki Haley to defend them justly or unjustly. And then these people stand to speak about defeating ISIS. Enough. Enough.”

UN Event Message: all of Israel is Palestinian and no to a Jewish state


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Palestinian representative Saeb Erekat laid bare why Israel has no “peace partner.” In addition to denying the legitimacy of a Jewish state, this Palestinian revisionist claimed his ancestors came to the land so many thousands of years before Jews and recorded human history that the mystified audience might have been left wondering whether he was hoping they pre-dated human beings entirely.

Said Palestinian representative Erekat:

“I’m the son of Jericho. I’m 10,000 years a son of the Natufians. We were there 5,500 years before Isho ben Nun came to my home town, Jericho. That’s the truth. This is my narrative….So when Mr. Netanyahu says you must recognize Israel as a Jewish state, he is telling me hey, change your narrative. That’s what he’s doing. He’s turning this conflict into a religious conflict…Call it Islamic state, Jewish state, that should be a forbidden zone…”

Erekat’s hate-filled UN-sponsored diatribe also included classic antisemitism, blaming money-grubbing Jews for the regions’ ills.

In his words:

“So I think a question that I would like to see answered or a general opinion is, is the Jewish religion being exploited for economic gains by a key elite segment within Israeli society? And are they the ones that are driving this conflict…”

UN hosts terrorist-sympathizers

CEIRPP Chair, Fode Seck of Senegal, told the gullible UN audience that his UN Committee is “very careful” not to associate with terrorist sympathizers and promoters.

In his words:

“There was a question put to the panel regarding links to terrorism. I would like to respond that the committee and its bureau and all members only function under and for resolutions of the UN. And all precautions in finding the lists of invitees take this into account. So none of the organizations, no individual, no committee, in this forum, is on the list for the UN on terrorism. Or under sanctions of UN resolutions or its Charter. This had been asked to panelists, I think it was a press organization, I wish to produce this clarification. We are very careful with such issues.”

But in fact, the CEIRPP accredits and associates in many capacities with NGOs that condone or justify violence against Jews inside and outside of Israel. The support of violence takes various forms: the reference to killers as martyrs, support for armed or violent struggle or resistance, and the effort to justify violence by focusing on alleged causes of terrorism.

Here are just a few of the NGOs accredited by way of this UN process, and examples of support for terrorism by such CEIRPP-accredited NGOs:

  • “These incredible people will continue their struggle until victory or martyrdom.”
  • (Excerpt from “Gaza—One Year On,” Islamic Human Rights Commission)
  • “Zionism is in denial of Palestinian reality and rights… Palestinians are left with no other alternative but to continue with their resistance to the racist colonial project.”
  • (Excerpt from “The Conflict in Palestine: Illusions of Peace and the Need for Effective Resistance,” Al-Awda)

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