UN / ANTISEMITISM RACISM HATE

26-Jun-2019 00:03:18
At a meeting on combating anti-Semitism and other forms of racism and hate, UN chief António Guterres said, “we need to invest in social cohesion so that all members of society can feel that their identities are respected and that they have a stake in the future.” UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 26 JUNE 2019, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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1.Wide shot, exterior United Nations

26 JUNE 2019, NEW YORK CITY

2. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations:
“We need to invest in social cohesion so that all members of society can feel that their identities are respected and that they have a stake in the future. I guarantee you that I will continue to call out anti-Semitism, racism and other forms of hatred – loudly and unapologetically.”
3. Wide shot, General Assembly
4. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations:
“Our efforts need to step up most urgently in the digital space, where hatred is thriving. Social media provides a conduit for hatred on an enormous scale, with virtually no cost and no accountability, making them particularly appealing to those with evil intent. And indeed social media are being used to polarize societies and demonize people, often targeting women, minorities and the most vulnerable.”
5. Wide shot, General Assembly Hall
6. SOUNDBITE (English) María Fernanda Espinosa, President of the General Assembly:
“We must redouble our efforts to ensure that ‘never again’ becomes more than a slogan at last. We must work harder to ensure that the seeds of hate do not find fertile ground.”
7. Wide shot, Espinosa leaving the podium
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, Chabad of Poway, San Diego, California:
“Each one of us should look at each other as human being, not by the color of our skin, not by our language, not by our religion, but we are all children of God. And this is what we need to begin realizing and appreciating. Anti-Semitism is not a Jewish problem, this is a problem of the world and we need to recognize that, that anti-Semitism has been the longest and the most harmful not just to the Jewish people, but for the world.”
9. Wide shot, General Assembly
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Katharina von Schnurbein, European Coordinator on Combating Anti-Semitism:
“Protecting freedom of expression is an essential value gained in democracies which we have to defend against those that exploit this right by inciting hatred and violence. In contrast to many other parts of the world, Europe has legislation that criminalizes speech inciting hatred and violence, including Holocaust denial and distortion. What is illegal offline, is also illegal online. The law needs to be enforced.”
11. Wide shot, General Assembly
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Ahmed Shaheed, Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief:
“UN Member States have the primary responsibility to protect their citizens from violence, harassment, discrimination and the denial of fundamental freedoms as well as anti-Semitics speech. I also call on Member States to use the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, the IHRA working definition as its resource to address anti-Semitism and implement it in line with insights drawn from the Rabat Plan of Action, ensure it is used in training for officials, to ensure the education system is not promoting anti-Semitism, and to ensure it actively combat it, and to ensure the capacity of the authorities to collect data and to react, to response to allegations of anti-Semitism hate crime and discrimination.”
13. Wide shot, General Assembly Hall
STORYLINE
At a meeting on combating anti-Semitism and other forms of racism and hate, UN chief António Guterres said, “we need to invest in social cohesion so that all members of society can feel that their identities are respected and that they have a stake in the future.”

Speaking at an informal meeting of the plenary on “Combating Anti-Semitism and Other Forms of Racism and Hate – The Challenges of Teaching Tolerance and Respect in the Digital Age”, UN Secretary-General reaffirmed today (26 Jun) that he will “continue to call out anti-Semitism, racism and other forms of hatred – loudly and unapologetically.”

Guterres also mentioned that a study released last month by Tel Aviv University reported that the number of violent anti-Semitic incidents rose by 13 per cent in 2018 over the year before.

He noted that in the United States, Europe and elsewhere, attacks on synagogues, graveyards and individuals continue to make many Jews feel insecure, adding that this age-old hatred is showing grim staying power.

The UN chief stated that in recent months alone, and in different parts of the world, beyond the attacks on synagogues, the international community have seen massacres at mosques and bombings at churches. Refugees and migrants continue to face hostility. White supremacists and neo-Nazis are emboldened by elections showing the appeal of their racist messages.

In today’s digital realm, the UN chief reiterated, “our efforts need to step up most urgently in the digital space, where hatred is thriving. Social media provides a conduit for hatred on an enormous scale, with virtually no cost and no accountability, making them particularly appealing to those with evil intent.”
Guterres added, “indeed social media are being used to polarize societies and demonize people, often targeting women, minorities and the most vulnerable.”

Addressing delegates, María Fernanda Espinosa, the President of the General Assembly reiterated, “we must redouble our efforts to ensure that ‘never again’ becomes more than a slogan at last.”

She stated, “we must work harder to ensure that the seeds of hate do not find fertile ground.”

Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein from the Chabad of Poway synagogue in San Diego who is a survivor of a recent attack in the synagogue, said, “each one of us should look at each other as human being, not by the color of our skin, not by our language, not by our religion, but we are all children of God. And this is what we need to begin realizing and appreciating.”

The Rabbi continued, “anti-Semitism is not a Jewish problem, this is a problem of the world and we need to recognize that, that anti-Semitism has been the longest and the most harmful not just to the Jewish people, but for the world.”

Katharina von Schnurbein, the European Coordinator on Combating Anti-Semitism told the delegates, “protecting freedom of expression is an essential value gained in democracies which we have to defend against those that exploit this right by inciting hatred and violence.”

She added, “in contrast to many other parts of the world, Europe has legislation that criminalizes speech inciting hatred and violence, including Holocaust denial and distortion. What is illegal offline, is also illegal online. The law needs to be enforced.”

Ahmed Shaheed, the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief said that “UN Member States have the primary responsibility to protect their citizens from violence, harassment, discrimination and the denial of fundamental freedoms as well as anti-Semitics speech.”

He called on Member States to “use the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, the IHRA working definition as its resource to address anti-Semitism and implement it in line with insights drawn from the Rabat Plan of Action, ensure it is used in training for officials, to ensure the education system is not promoting anti-Semitism, and to ensure it actively combat it, and to ensure the capacity of the authorities to collect data and to react, to response to allegations of anti-Semitism hate crime and discrimination.”
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