June 9, 2010 –
The full text of the UN Watch statement follows:
Mr. President, we had prepared a speech on violations the world over. Instead, I am obliged to address a human rights violation that occurred here, in this chamber.
I am referring to remarks that violate the anti-racism prohibition of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
I am referring to the Syrian statement falsely accusing
Mr. President, this crude and coded language echoes the libel voiced by
Mr. President, yesterday’s patently false and hateful remarks are historical incitements to prejudice and violence. They have no place in the United Nations, and we call on all stakeholders to condemn them.
Sadly, these words did not arise in a vacuum. For last week, during this council’s urgent debate on the flotilla, we heard similar motifs as Israel was speciously depicted as an attacker of innocent humanitarians—when in truth it was defending itself from violent Jihadists bent on martyrdom.
Tellingly, many accused the Jewish state of being “inhuman,” including
Mr. President, word is father to deed. History teaches that when nations turn to dehumanization and demonization, the world remains silent at its peril.
Thank you, Mr. President.