ON ANNIVERSARY OF ZIONISM EQUALS RACISM RESOLUTION, HADASSAH ENCOURAGES UNITED NATIONS TO BE VIGILANT
(New York, NY -- November 10, 2005) -- In a statement today, June Walker, National President of Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, said:
“Thirty years ago today, November 10, 1975, the UN passed a resolution equating Zionism with racism. It was perhaps the lowest point in the UN’s history not only for Israel and Jews around the world, but for the institution itself. For years Hadassah’s Past National President Bernice Tannenbaum, as chair of the American Section of the World Zionist Organization, worked tirelessly with others behind the scenes, and eventually this egregious resolution was successfully repealed, to the gratification of all people of good conscience.
“Last week, in an historic move, the General Assembly passed a resolution to promote Holocaust remembrance and education. It was a milestone not only in content, but because it was the first time that Israel had successfully sponsored a resolution.
“Though this is an encouraging move, there are still ominous daily signs of anti-Zionism in the world against which we must be vigilant. The President of Iran’s recent call to wipe Israel off the map is the most recent and dire example of the threat that this sovereign state and member of the UN still faces. We applaud Kofi Annan, the Secretary General of the UN, for canceling his trip to Iran and urge him to continue work to ensure that the environment at the UN is never again polluted by the baseless hatred that inspired the 1975 resolution.”