UN approves resolution condemning Nazi Holocaust denial

The United Nations General Assembly on Thursday approved an Israeli-sponsored resolution condemning all Holocaust denial and urging all nations and social media companies “to take active steps to combat anti-Semitism and the denial or distortion of the Holocaust”.

The 193-member global body approved the resolution by consensus – without a vote – and a hammer blow by Assembly Speaker Abdulla Shahid who met with a group of Holocaust survivors ahead of the meeting of the Assembly. Israel’s No. 1 enemy, Iran, “disassociated” itself from the resolution.

The ambassadors of Israel and Germany, who strongly supported the resolution, stressed the importance of the resolution’s adoption on January 20: This is the 80th anniversary of the Wannsee Conference where Nazi leaders coordinated the plans for the so-called “final solution of the Jewish conflict”. Question” in a villa on the shores of Lake Wannsee in Berlin in 1942 during World War II.

The result was the establishment of Nazi death camps and the murder of nearly 6 million Jews, including one third of the Jewish people. In addition, millions of people of other nationalities, minorities and targeted groups were killed, according to the resolution.

“We now live in a time when fiction becomes reality and the Holocaust becomes a distant memory,” Israel’s UN Ambassador Gilad Erdan told the assembly, calling for support for the resolution. “And as this happens in the wake of the greatest crime in human history, now comes the greatest cover-up in human history.”

Erdan, the grandson of Holocaust survivors, says the resolution preserves the memory of the 6 million victims and is a commitment to ensure that distortion and denial of the Holocaust ‘will no longer be tolerated’ .

He said social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter and You Tube, are spreading the “pandemic of distortions and lies” about the Holocaust.

“Social media giants can no longer remain complacent in the face of hate propagated on their platforms” and must act now, the Israeli ambassador said.

The resolution, co-sponsored by 114 nations, commends countries that have preserved Nazi death camps and other Holocaust sites and urges all 193 UN member states “to develop educational programs that will instill in future generations the lessons of the Holocaust in order to help prevent future acts of genocide.

It calls on the UN and its agencies to continue to develop and implement programs aimed at countering Holocaust denial and distortions and mobilizing civil society and others to provide facts about the Holocaust. ‘Holocaust.

FILE – People visit the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, the so-called Holocaust Memorial, during a snowfall in Berlin, Germany, December 9, 2021.

Currently, the UN has a Holocaust awareness program and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO, has a program on Holocaust education and struggle. against anti-Semitism.

Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid and German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock issued a joint statement welcoming the resolution and expressing extreme concern over “the dramatic increase in denial, distortion and Holocaust revisionism”. They said the phenomenon of comparing current political disputes to the Holocaust is “deeply disturbing” and “a perversion of history” and an injustice to Holocaust victims.

“We have an obligation to remember, learn and challenge the growth of Holocaust revisionism, denial and distortion both online and offline,” the ministers said.

Iran has accused Israel of being “the only apartheid regime in the world” whose ideology is based on the two main drivers of World War II, “racism and expansionism”. In a statement read by a young diplomat, he also accused Israel of trying “to exploit the suffering of the Jewish people in the past to cover up the crimes it has perpetrated over the past seven decades against countries in the region, including all its neighbors. without exception.”

Unlike Security Council resolutions, General Assembly resolutions are not legally binding but reflect world opinion.

The General Assembly designated January 27 – the day the Auschwitz concentration camp was liberated by the Soviet army – as the annual International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust in 2005. The resolution emphasizes that remembrance “is a key element in preventing further acts of genocide.

He says Holocaust denial “refers to discourse and propaganda that denies the historical reality and extent of the extermination of Jews by the Nazis and their accomplices during World War II” and “any attempt to pretending the Holocaust didn’t happen” or questioning that gas chambers, mass shootings, starvation and intentional genocide were used against the Jewish people.

The resolution says that misrepresenting or denying the Holocaust also refers to “intentional efforts to excuse or minimize” the role of Nazi collaborators and allies, “gross minimization” of the number of victims, “attempts to blame Jews for causing their own genocide”, statements presenting the Holocaust as a positive event, and attempt to “blur responsibility” for the establishment of concentration camps and death “by placing the blame on other nations or ethnic groups”.

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