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United Nations Set to Vote on Israeli Resolution Against Online Holocaust Denial

The resolution draws on the widely-adopted International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) working definition of antisemitism to identify Holocaust denial, and calls on UN member states to combat the phenomenon, especially on online platforms.
United Nations Set to Vote on Israeli Resolution Against Online Holocaust Denial
Israeli Ambassador Gilad Erdan addressing the October 29, 2021 special session of the United Nations General Assembly. Photo: Permanent Mission of Israel to the UN


The United Nations General Assembly is expected to vote this Thursday on an Israeli resolution that seeks to define and counteract Holocaust denial on social media.

The measure was submitted by Israeli Ambassador Gilad Erdan and will be brought to a vote on the 80-year anniversary of the Wannsee Conference, when senior Nazi leaders met to discuss the systematic annihilation of Jews in Europe, known as the “Final Solution.”

“If this historic resolution passes, it will, for the first time, provide practical tools for combating this dangerous phenomenon,” stated Erdan ahead of the vote. “This will be the first time that the UN General Assembly will explicitly require internet giants to take responsibility for the hatred and incitement spread on their platforms.”

“Anyone who denies or distorts the atrocities that took place in the Holocaust for Jews is complicit in spreading hatred and legitimizing attacks against Jews, as we have seen this past weekend in Texas,” he added, in reference to a gunman who entered a synagogue in Colleyville, Texas, and took four people hostage on Jan. 15.

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