NEW YORK – After the UN General Assembly adopted a deeply flawed resolution recommending that Israel be referred to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder issued the following statement:
“Today’s vote at the United Nations exemplifies an ongoing pattern of bias against Israel, and we applaud those 26 countries, including the United States, who voted against this shameful resolution that seeks to isolate and demonize the Jewish state.
“The text of the measure is as troubling as it is misguided. It exclusively refers to the Temple Mount by its Muslim term, erasing the more than 2,500-year-old connection between the Jewish people and Jerusalem.
“This measure is a direct outgrowth of the biased Commission of Inquiry on Israel, whose commissioners have made antisemitic comments and who have been unabashed critics of Israel. Referral of this issue to the ICJ is yet another barrier to dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians.
Peace in the region can only be negotiated by the two sides directly involved.”
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