FM Silvan Shalom praised UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s clear and unequivocal condemnation of Anti-Semitism at the UN seminar on Anti-Semitism.

(Communicated by the Foreign Minister’s Bureau)

Israeli Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom praised UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s clear and unequivocal condemnation of Anti-Semitism, as contained in Annan’s speech yesterday (21 June) at the UN seminar in New York on Anti-Semitism.

Foreign Minister Shalom, who has raised the issue of Anti-Semitism at all of his meetings with world leaders, had suggested that the United Nations place the issue of Anti-Semitism on the agenda of the upcoming session of the UN General Assembly, which will convene this September. And indeed, Secretary General Annan has accepted this suggestion.

In his speech yesterday, the Secretary General stated that he intends to call upon the General Assembly to adopt a draft resolution taking action on the necessity of combating anti-Semitism in all its forms, including the monitoring of incidents of Anti-Semitism throughout the world, as performed by those UN organs responsible for human rights issues.

Mr. Annan also stressed in his address that political issues, including those in Israel or elsewhere in the Middle East, never justify anti-Semitism.