June 21, 2021

Israel's ambassador to US and UN launches drive to fight antisemitism

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by J Post Staff

Gilad Erdan holds discussions with leaders of various political and religious denominations among the US Jewish community.

Gilad Erdan, Israel’s ambassador to the United States and the United Nations, held a meeting last Friday with leaders of US Jewish organizations with the aim of formulating a plan to combat antisemitism within the UN and beyond.

Erdan convened mission staff and political and religious denominations of the American Jewish community after a spike in antisemitic attacks and rhetoric around the world following the war with Gaza terrorists last month.

“It is truly heartwarming that all of you have come together to discuss a single message against antisemitism and I believe it is critical that we form a united front against this age-old hatred,” Erdan said.

“The fact that leaders of the most prominent Jewish organizations from across the spectrum are here today to discuss this important issue highlights the sad reality we are facing and the urgency that exists to take action,” he added.

Erdan presented his campaign to counter the UN plan to mark 20 years since the Durban Conference and proposed holding an alternative event that would deal with combatting racism and antisemitism. He also discussed his goal to have the United Nations adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism and hopes to submit a resolution against Holocaust denial at the General Assembly.

Organizations present at the meeting included Aish HaTorah, Agudath Israel, American Jewish Committee, American Zionist Movement, Anti-Defamation League, B’nai B’rith, Center for Jewish Impact, Combat Anti-Semitism Movement, Conference of Presidents, Hadassah, Hillel International, Israel Cyber Shield, Israeli-American Council, Jewish Council for Public Affairs, Jewish National Fund, The Lawfare Project, the Philos Project, Tikvah Fund, Union for Reform Judaism, Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, United Jewish Appeal, WJC North America, Women’s International Zionist Organization, World Jewish Congress and Zionist Organization of America.

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