UN to Hold Meeting January 22 on Growth of anti-Semitism

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Rally against anti-Semitism near the Brandenburg Gate, Berlin, Sept. 14, 2014. Credit: AP

The UN General Assembly will hold an informal meeting on the growth of anti-Semitism on January 22 in response to a request from 37 countries including Israel, the United States and all members of the European Union.

The 37 countries, also including Canada and Australia, sent a letter to assembly President Sam Kutesa on October 1 — more than three months before last week's attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris — calling for a meeting in response to "an alarming outbreak of anti-Semitism worldwide."

Israel's UN Ambassador Ron Prosor said Monday: "We have a great deal of work to do to move this issue from the headlines to the history books."

The January 22 meeting will feature a keynote address by French philosopher and author Bernard Henri Levy.

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