NEW YORK - Newly installed Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Professor Gabriela Shalev reminded member nations that the Nazi Holocaust began with incitement, not with the gas chambers.
Shalev made her remarks a week before the U.N. marks the 70th anniversary of Kristallnacht, which has come to be known as "the Night of the Broken Glass," an infamous pogrom in Germany in which 92 Jews were murdered and 30,000 rounded up and shipped to Nazi concentration camps.
Some people consider Kristallnacht the beginning of the Holocaust.
Israel's ambassador reminded members of the General Assembly's oath after World War II: that the Holocaust "will never return." It all began, she said, with hate-filled speeches by world leaders.
Shalev said Israel and the Jewish people appreciate the U.N.'s decision to observe an annual Holocaust memorial, which includes a report by the general secretary on worldwide anti-Semitism, but it's not enough, she said.
Allowing a world leader to stand before the U.N. General Assembly and deny the Holocaust, while calling for the destruction of a U.N. member nation, is unacceptable and must be dealt with firmly, she concluded.
Former U.N. ambassador Dan Gillerman addressed the same subject two years ago, when Iran was in the throes of hosting a Holocaust denial conference.
Source: YNet news