French philosopher Bernard-Henri Levi challenged the world at the first-ever U.N. General Assembly meeting devoted to anti-Semitism to take action to counter the rising worldwide hatred of Jews, denouncing it as “radical inhumanity.”
Levi decried that “faulting the Jews is once again becoming the rallying cry of a new order of assassins.”
The assembly meeting was held in response to the global increase in violence against Jews and was scheduled before the killing of four French Jews at a kosher market during three days of terror in Paris earlier this month. Paris was just the latest attack to raise fears among European Jews, following killings at a Belgian Jewish Museum and a Jewish school in southwestern France.
Levi called for new arguments to counter Holocaust deniers and those who deny Israel’s legitimacy.
U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power urged the world to stand up against anti-Semitism and take action to end “this monstrous global problem.”
The U.N. meeting was informal, and about half the 193-member states did not attend, but nearly 50 countries were slated to speak.