UN calls on Palestinian Authority to explain antisemitic and anti-Israel prejudice

The United Nations’ Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination has demanded that the Palestinian Authority explain its alleged dissemination through official media and school textbooks of “antisemitic, anti-Israel prejudice and incitement to hatred.”

A committee member noted that, “our convention obliges… parties to adopt immediate and effective measures, particularly in education, to combat… prejudice between different racial and ethnic groups.”

Ahead of the hearing, UN Watch and NGO Monitor briefed the UN body, with a representative of the former claiming the PA “perpetuates antisemitic stereotypes such as that Jews are greedy, that they are part of a conspiracy to control the world, that they are baby killers, and that they poison Palestinians and steal their organs.”

The Israeli government has long accused Mahmoud Abbas’ Ramallah-based government of propagating anti-Israel hate speech, which Jerusalem argues promotes violence. While the PA is not recognised by the UN as a full member state, it has nevertheless signed onto seven human rights treaties, including the one on racial discrimination.

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