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U.N. Defines Holocaust Denial, Urges Social Media Firms to Fight It

The General Assembly meeting on Thursday coincided with the 80th anniversary of the Wannsee Conference, when the Nazis met to coordinate the “final solution” – their plan to exterminate the Jews.
U.N. defines Holocaust denial, urges social media firms to fight it
The United Nations headquarters building is pictured though a window with the UN logo in the foreground in the Manhattan borough of New York August 15, 2014. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri


The United Nations General Assembly on Thursday agreed on a definition of denial of the Holocaust, when the Nazis killed 6 million Jews during World War Two, and urged social media companies “to take active measures” to combat antisemitism.

“The General Assembly is sending a strong and unambiguous message against the denial or the distortion of these historical facts,” said Germany’s U.N. Ambassador Antje Leendertse. “Ignoring historical facts increases the risk that they will be repeated.”

The 193-member General Assembly adopted the resolution – drafted by Israel and Germany – without a vote. However, Iran disassociated itself.

Speaking to the General Assembly, Israel’s U.N. Ambassador Gilad Erdan made a veiled reference to Iran.

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