US Ambassador Nikki Haley spoke today at the anti-BDS conference in the General Assembly hosted by Israel. President of the World Jewish Congress Ronald Lauder and Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky are also expected to speak at the event.
US Ambassador Nikki Haley speaks at special anti-BDS conference Photo credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News
The United Nations’ General Assembly has been known to be a harsh critic of Israel but today it hosted a special conference against the BDS movement convened by Israel’s ambassador to the UN Danny Danon. US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, whose last speech at the AIPAC conference turned her into a beloved and highly esteemed figure in the eyes of the Jewish population in both the US and Israel, also spoke at the event.
At the opening of his speech, Danon said that the BDS is anti-Semitism and that Jewish people should not need to hide their Jewishness and kippot. Danon said that the ambassadors at the conference have gathered in order to fight the boycott and that the existence of Israel should be celebrated.
Haley spoke after Danon and addressed the boycott movement: “And how tragic is it that of all the countries in the world to condemn for human rights violations, these voices choose to single out Israel. Iran, Syria, North Korea and other barbaric regimes are excused by the BDS movement. It makes no sense. And it has no connection to any reasonable definition of justice.” Haley argued that support for Israel in the US “cuts across” parties and religions and discussed her actions on Israel’s behalf. Her speech received enthusiastic applause and praise.
More than 2,000 community leaders, pro-Israel activists, students and representatives of Jewish organizations actively fighting the boycott movement are participating in the conference.