UN / HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL

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Commemorating the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp, and the six million Jews and others murdered on Nazi orders during the Holocaust, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said, “our solidarity in the face of hatred is needed today more than ever, as we see a deeply worrying resurgence in antisemitic attacks around the world.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 27 JANUARY 2020, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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FILE – RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

1.Wide shot, exterior, United Nations

27 JANUARY 2020, NEW YORK CITY

2.Various shots, candle lighting at the General Assembly
3. Wide shot, Guterres at the podium
4. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Our solidarity in the face of hatred is needed today more than ever, as we see a deeply worrying resurgence in antisemitic attacks around the world, and almost unbelievable, also around us here in New York.”
5.Wide shot, audience
6. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Prejudice and hatred thrive on insecurity, frustrated expectations, ignorance and resentment. Populist leaders exploit these feelings to whip up fear, in pursuit of power. When any group of people is defined as a problem, it becomes easier to commit human rights abuses and to normalize discrimination against them. Combating prejudice requires leadership at all levels that fosters social cohesion and addresses the root causes of hatred. It requires investment in all parts of society, so that all can contribute in a spirit of mutual respect.”
7.Wide shot, audience
8. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“This upsurge of antisemitism cannot be seen in isolation from an extremely troubling increase in xenophobia, homophobia, discrimination and hatred in many parts of the world, targeting people on the basis of their identity, including race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, disability and immigration status. Attacks against religious minorities are a particular concern. Around the world, we have seen Jews murdered in synagogues, their gravestones defaced with swastikas; Christians killed at prayer, their churches torched; and Muslims gunned down in mosques, their religious sites vandalized.”
9. Wide shot, audience
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Danny Danon, Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations:
“Anti-Semitism is a deadly disease that must be eradicated. It is a disease that feeds off hate, ignorant and intolerance. It manifests itself in difference ways such as xenophobia and racism. Like with any disease, the international community must work together to eradicate anti-Semitism. It is not enough to say that we want to eradicate it, we must find a cure for those affected by it today and we must vaccinate our populations so that no one will have to suffer its fatal consequence in the future.”
11. Wide shot, Irene Shashar at the podium
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Irene Shashar, Holocaust Survivor:
“Life is a gift not to be taken granted. Hitler did not win. Don’t let Hitler ever, ever win.”
13. Various shots, audience

STORYLINE:

Commemorating the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp, and the six million Jews and others murdered on Nazi orders during the Holocaust, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said, “our solidarity in the face of hatred is needed today more than ever, as we see a deeply worrying resurgence in antisemitic attacks around the world.”

Speaking at a ceremony in New York today (27 Jan), Guterres noted a rising trend in antisemitic hate crimes across the United States, he recalled that less than a month ago, a knife attack injured five at a Hannukah party in Monsey, and left four dead at a kosher supermarket in neighbouring New Jersey.

He noted that neo-Nazis and white supremacists are resurgent, organizing themselves and spreading their poisonous ideology and iconography online. He said, “this upsurge of antisemitism cannot be seen in isolation from an extremely troubling increase in xenophobia, homophobia, discrimination and hatred in many parts of the world, targeting people on the basis of their identity, including race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, disability and immigration status.”

Guterres continued, “attacks against religious minorities are a particular concern. Around the world, we have seen Jews murdered in synagogues, their gravestones defaced with swastikas; Christians killed at prayer, their churches torched; and Muslims gunned down in mosques, their religious sites vandalized.”

He also said that to live up to the promise of “Never again”, the international community need to examine its own prejudices; guard against the misuse of its own technology; and be alert to any signs that hatred is being normalized.

He explained, “prejudice and hatred thrive on insecurity, frustrated expectations, ignorance and resentment. Populist leaders exploit these feelings to whip up fear, in pursuit of power. When any group of people is defined as a problem, it becomes easier to commit human rights abuses and to normalize discrimination against them.”

Guterres continued, “combating prejudice requires leadership at all levels that fosters social cohesion and addresses the root causes of hatred. It requires investment in all parts of society, so that all can contribute in a spirit of mutual respect.”

The UN chief also noted that new surveillance technologies could also be misused by States and companies to discriminate against certain individuals or deprive them of their rights.

Also speaking at the ceremony, Israeli Ambassador Danny Danon said, “Anti-Semitism is a deadly disease that must be eradicated. It is a disease that feeds off hate, ignorant and intolerance. It manifests itself in difference ways such as xenophobia and racism.”

The Ambassador continued, “like with any disease, the international community must work together to eradicate anti-Semitism. It is not enough to say that we want to eradicate it, we must find a cure for those affected by it today and we must vaccinate our populations so that no one will have to suffer its fatal consequence in the future.”

Recalling her experience, Irene Shashar, a holocaust survivor who witnessed her father’s death when she was two-year-old said that it is not only her responsibility but her obligation to the one and half million children who were not as fortunate as hers to remind humanity that good can indeed triumphs over evil.

She said, “life is a gift not to be taken granted. Hitler did not win. Don’t let Hitler ever, ever win.”
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