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Canadian-raised Hillel Neuer, is director of UN Watch, an NGO that monitors the performance of the United Nations

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Pro-Israel activists including Hillel Neuer, outgoing Israeli ambassador Danny Danon, and author Yossi Klein Halevi took to the virtual stage Sunday for Israel Engage, a virtual summit for pro-Israel student leaders powered by Hasbara Fellowships Canada.

Within minutes of his address, Neuer, the director of UN Watch, an NGO that “monitors the performance of the United Nations,” painted a grim picture of the treatment of the Jewish State within the UN.

“It’s very one-sided,” Neuer explained. While the UN Special Rapporteur on Palestine will examine any Israeli violations, a Palestinian suicide bombing or other forms of terrorist attack would not be examined at all, he said.

Neuer also blasted the UN for enabling Hamas to commit acts of terrorism. “Palestinians are not being helped at all when Hamas fires rockets and then gets rewarded by the UN Human Rights Council,” he said.

Still, Neuer was able to keep the mood light, joking about how he feels like he has job security for life due to the deep and systemic bias that exists within the UN against Israel.

With 56 Islamic States out of 193 UN member states, fighting for fairness of Israel isn’t always an obtainable goal, he said. Nonetheless, he encouraged students to “stand up for the truth and fight back.”

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Neuer also spoke of the origins of the UN’s treatment of Israel, that “in the early years of Israel’s existence, the UN was considered a supporter of Israel” before things “changed dramatically.”

After the Six-Day War, “The Arab States, together with the Soviet Union, began to turn the United Nations against Israel,” Neuer said. “In fact, the Arab States, having failed to defeat Israel in 1948, 1957, 1967 and even 1973, saw that at the UN, in the arena of diplomatic battles, they could win easily.” Thus, the Soviet Union and Arab States were able to adopt resolutions against Israel with an automatic majority.

Following the Six-Day War the Arab States, together with the Soviet Union, began to turn the United Nations against Israel. Courtesy of: cjpme.org

During his address, Yossi Klein Halevi, author of Letters to My Palestinian Neighbour, also spoke of the Soviet Union’s historical influence against Israel, saying how the notion of “Zionism is racism” began in the Soviet Union.

“The greatest Soviet posthumous victory is the growing legitimacy of this notion of ‘Zionism is racism’ and even a form of Nazism,” Halevi said.

The most pernicious form of antisemitism, however, is the campaign to turn Israel’s establishment in 1948 “not into one of the most moving stories of human endurance and faith but into a sordid story of ethnic cleansing and evil,” he said.

The focus here is “on the massacres of Palestinians while ignoring the massacres that were committed against Jews,” Halevi explained. “1948 then becomes a symbol of ethnic cleansing, and of course no mention is made of the far deeper and more successful ethnic cleansing, more deliberate ethnic cleansing, that emptied the Arab world of diasporas that had existed in some places for over 2,000 years.”

“So today there are virtually no Jews left in the Muslim world, down from about a million Jews in 1948 to roughly 40,000 today. And in the State of Israel, the great ethnic cleanser of the Middle East, you have 20 per cent plus of the Israeli citizens being Arab citizens of Israel.”

Despite this, Halevi lamented that the job of those advocating for the Jewish State is harder than ever before due to the progressive left’s obsession with vilifying Israel. On this he gave some sound advice to student and adult advocates alike: “Israel is only made stronger when it is held to account.”

Author Yossi Klein HaLevi worked as a senior writer for the bi-weekly magazine The Jerusalem Report from its founding in 1990 until 2002. Halevi wrote a column for The Jerusalem Post, and has written op-eds on Israeli issues for The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times.

Outgoing Israeli ambassador to the UN Danny Danon also spoke on Sunday, speaking on issues such as annexation in a conversation with Hasbara Fellowships founder Elliot Mathias. To register and watch the full session, click here. 

Designed to train and empower students to fight for Israel on campus and online, Israel Engage also features speakers such as former Canadian foreign affairs minister John Baird, Israeli judo champion Sagi Muki, former Ambassador Michael Oren, former MK Dr. Einat Wilf, as well as live simulations, workshops, and other programs.

For more information, click here.

Daniel Koren is the Executive Director of Hasbara Fellowships Canada.

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