On Thursday, the United Nations General Assembly approved an Israeli-sponsored resolution condemning any denial of the Holocaust and urging all nations and social media companies “to take active measures to combat antisemitism and Holocaust denial or distortion.”
The resolution was welcomed by consensus, and without a vote, with the exception of Assembly President Abdulla Shahid from Iran, who “disassociated” itself from the resolution.
The resolution commends countries that have preserved Nazi death camps and other sites from the Holocaust and urges the 193 U.N. member states “to develop educational programs that will inculcate future generations with the lessons of the Holocaust in order to help to prevent future acts of genocide.” It requests the U.N. and its agencies to continue developing and implementing programs aimed at countering Holocaust denial and distortions and to mobilize civil society and others to provide truthful facts about the Holocaust.
Putting the resolution and its need forward, Israel’s U.N. Ambassador Gilad Erdan told the assembly, “We now live in an era in which fiction is becoming fact and the Holocaust is becoming a distant memory. And as this happens following the greatest crime in human history, now comes the greatest cover-up in human history.” Erdan said the resolution is a commitment to make sure that Holocaust distortion and denial “will be tolerated no more.”
He added that social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are spreading the “pandemic of distortions and lies” about the Holocaust “Social media giants can no longer remain complacent to the hate spread on their platforms” and must take action now, the Israeli ambassador said.