World Jewish Congress Outraged by Statements of UN General Assembly President
by Jim Kouri
The president of the World Jewish Congress, Ronald S. Lauder, has criticized recent anti-Israel statements by Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann of Nicaragua, the current president of the United Nations General Assembly.
D'Escoto had likened Israel's actions vis-a-vis the Palestinians to "the apartheid of an earlier era" and called on the international community to consider stricter measures against Israel including "boycott, divestment and sanctions" similar to those enacted against South Africa in the 1980s.
The GA president had also added that the failure to establish a Palestinian state made "a mockery of the United Nations and greatly hurts its image and prestige." The Holocaust and other historical crimes against the Jews would not give Israel "the right to abuse others, especially those who historically have such deep and exemplary relations with the Jewish people," according to Miguel d'Escoto.
WJC President Ronald S. Lauder called the accusations against Israel "false and without basis." He added: "Israel has served as an ingathering of many people of all colors and races whose citizens are granted equal rights. Not for the first time, the United Nations is applying different standards for Israel and the Jewish people than it does for other countries. When will we hear the UN unequivocally condemn the rocket attacks against Israeli towns from Hamas terrorists in the Gaza Strip? When will the United Nations speak out against the mockery that the Iranian regime makes of the international community by threatening to wipe another UN member state off the map?"
The creation of a Palestinian state, the WJC president pointed out, favored by a majority of Israeli citizens, could only become a reality once the threats to Israel's security cease.
Ronald S. Lauder emphasized that recent developments in the international organization, such as the one-sided obsession with Israel on the part of the UN Human Rights Council or the looming repeat of Israel bashing and anti-Semitism at the upcoming UN Durban Review Conference in Geneva next year continue to give rise to great concern. The WJC would continue to work towards equitable and fair treatment of Israel in all the UN venues, he said.
The World Jewish Congress is the international organization representing Jewish communities in over 80 countries around the world. The WJC serves as the diplomatic arm of the Jewish people to governments and international organizations.
Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police. He's former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed "Crack City" by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for a number of organizations. He's also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. He writes for many police and crime magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer, Campus Law Enforcement Journal, and others. He's appeared as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, Fox News, etc. His book Assume The Position is available at Amazon.Com, Booksamillion.com, and can be ordered at local bookstores. Kouri holds a bachelor of science in criminal justice and master of arts in public administration and he's a board certified protection professional.