Arab MK Esawi Frej has asked UN Secretary-General António Guterres to forbid Amir Benayoun, an Israeli singer, from performing at the UN ceremony for International Holocaust Remembrance Day. “I don’t want a racist representing my state at the UN,” Frej explained.
Israeli singer Amir Benayoun Photo Credit: Flash 90
Earlier this week, it was announced that three Israeli singers will perform at the UN in honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day later this month. The singers, Miri Mesika, David D’or and Amir Benayoun, were invited by Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon to represent the Jewish state by singing a song titled “The Last Survivor” in Hebrew, Arabic and English.
However, Arab MK Esawi Frej (Meretz) is urging UN Secretary-General António Guterres to withdraw the invitation of one of the singers. According to Frej, Benayoun should not be allowed to perform at the UN ceremony, which will be attended by representatives of the Righteous Among the Nations and Holocaust survivors.
“I don’t want a racist representing my state at the UN, and because the Israeli ambassador to the UN is finding that difficult to understand, I’ve contacted Secretary-General Guterres,” Frej explained.
Watch: The trio rehearses “The Last Survivor”
Benayoun responded to Frej’s claims and criticism in an interview with Israel’s Channel 20 network, saying that he has no plans of skipping the UN ceremony. “I’ll go there even though it is not a place I like, and I’ll say what I have to say in Hebrew and in Arabic,” he said. “My partners will say the message in English.”