With Only Iran Dissenting the United Nations Approves Israeli Resolution Condemning Denial and Distortion of the Holocaust #holocaust #holocaust

Jan Meisels Allen

On January 20th, the United Nations adopted an Israeli resolution  that condemns denial and distortion of the Holocaust. The resolution was co-sponsored by Germany and supported by the United States, Russia and others. The 193-member General Assembly adopted the resolution by consensus — meaning it was approved without a country-by-country vote. Only Iran, Israel’s most ardent adversary, objected.


Diplomats said it was only the second time since Israel’s founding that the General Assembly had adopted an Israeli-backed resolution. The first was in 2005, when a resolution on establishing International Holocaust Remembrance Day was approved.


The resolution expresses concern about “the growing prevalence of Holocaust denial or distortion through the use of information and communications technologies,” and urges all U.N. members to “reject without any reservation any denial or distortion of the Holocaust as a historical event, either in full or in part, or any activities to this end.”


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Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee