Poland surprisingly supported: UN adopted Israeli definition of Holocaust denial

Historical achievement for the State of Israel: The UN General Assembly today (Thursday) approved Israel’s definition of Holocaust denial.

The decision passed includes, as stated, the Israeli definition of Holocaust denial as well as the imposition of responsibility on Internet companies to act to remove content that denies or distorts the Holocaust. In addition, the decision also called on the member states of the UN as well as the UN institutions to act against Holocaust denial and to hold educational programs for the younger generation. The decision gives for the first time practical tools for the war on Holocaust denial and distortion.

The special discussion at the UN, which took place to mark the occasion, was attended in addition to the countries’ ambassadors, five Holocaust survivors and the CEO of Pfizer, Albert Burla, who is a descendant of Holocaust survivors himself. The special guests were invited by the Israeli Ambassador Gilad Ardan.

In his speech at the rally, Arden said: “Holocaust denial has spread like cancer. It is time for this institution to return to its roots. It is time for us all to correct a historical injustice.” Ambassador Arden spoke of Iran as a Holocaust denier and as one that still threatens the extermination of the Jews, and also referred to the responsibility of Internet companies for distorting the horrors of the Holocaust: “As the number of survivors decreases, the younger generation learns to question reality and believe in fraud. “The social media giants can no longer remain complacent about the hatred that is spread on their platforms.”

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The decision adopted by the UN is only the second decision passed by Israel, and was made at the initiative of Ambassador Arden, in collaboration with the Foreign Ministry, against the background of the dramatic rise in anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial in recent years and especially on social media.

Ambassador Gilad Ardan in his speech at the UN (Photo: None)

In his remarks, the ambassador added that “” Peoples who have seats in this courtroom openly deny the Holocaust, question its occurrence and praise its perpetrators. Some have even held contests in search of the best cartoon mocking the Holocaust. Those who are now threatening Jews with another genocide. “In the discussion itself, the Iranian representative said that she would not join the decision and called Israel an apartheid state.

Immediately after the decision was made at the UN General Assembly, Poland tweeted a statement of support for Israel and the resolution: “Poland fully and strongly supports this necessary initiative. It is our shared responsibility to preserve the truth about the Holocaust, to fight its denial, and to educate future generations. “


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