Michael Cutler-Wunsh, the Israeli Special Envoy for Combating Antisemitism, the anti-Israel United Nations resolution from 1975 seems to have been the root cause of the recent upsurge in anti-Semitism in Europe and the U.S.
It would seem that anti-Semitism has surged in the West after Hamas assaulted the Jewish state on October 7. Many university students and faculty have spoken out in favor of Palestine since then, asserting that Israel is trying to wipe out the Palestinian people.
Cotler-Wunsh went on to say that North American campuses, streets, and the internet were all places where antisemitism was actively encouraged, in addition to the antisemitism that contributed to the 10/7 atrocities. “Nothing can happen in the world before 9/11 or after 9/11; the world cannot go on as usual.”
(The massacre of 1,200 people on October 7 by Hamas is seen as Israel’s response to the 9/11 attacks in the United States.)
Cotler-Wunsh attacked the UN for what she saw as a 1975 resolution that linked Zionism’s intellectual stance with racism and which she saw as anti-Semitic.
The study did point out that in 1991, the resolution stating that “Zionism is a type of racism and racial discrimination” was annulled.
In response to a question on how to stop anti-Semitism in its tracks, Cotler-Wunsh argued that defining the term was the first step. She continued by using the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition.
Anti-Semitism is defined by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance as “[t]he dehumanization, the delegitimization and the double standards applied again” to Israel, according to the Israeli ambassador.
Thursday, Ahmed Shaheed presented his findings on the rise of antisemitism to the General Assembly.
The Holocaust, which occurred during World War II and targeted Jews, was cited by the Special Rapporteur as a prime illustration of how religious and racial intolerance may cause mass murder and the collapse of whole civilizations.
During an exclusive interview with UN News, Mr. Shaheed characterized antisemitism as the “canary in the coal mine of global hatred.” He went on to say that this ideology poses dangers to Jews and members of religious and ethnic minorities worldwide and that it poses severe obstacles to the eradication of all types of intolerance, hatred, and discrimination.
During his speech on Friday at the United Nations panel discussion, Mr. Shaheed emphasized the need to reach out to today’s youth to dispel antisemitism.