General Assembly to hold first meeting on anti-Semitism Thursday

Meeting scheduled prior to Paris terror attack; Over 37 member states request meeting due to waves of anti-Semitism


UN General Assembly

UN General Assembly

The United Nations General Assembly will hold a meeting centered on combatting anti-Semitism. The meeting, which will be the first of its kind in wake of growing anti-Semitism through out Europe and will be attended by global leaders and experts.

The meeting, which was scheduled prior to the Paris SuperCacher supermarket in which four Jews were killed in a hostage crisis, will be a day in length and will include a panel discussion with leading human rights experts.

The meeting was reportedly requested by over 37 countries that sent a letter in October to General Assembly President Sam Kutesa in response to growing anti-Semitism calling for “a clear message from the General Assembly is a critical component of combatting the sudden rise of violence and hatred directed at Jews.”

Bernard-Henri Levy, a renowned writer and philosopher from France, will give the keynote address. Several French ministers are scheduled to give speeches and Samantha Powers, the United States Ambassador to the United Nations.