Gilad Erdan slams UN for ‘turning antisemitism into a political matter’

Israel's Ambassador to the United Nations Gilad Erdan condemned the UN for “exceeding its mandate to help antisemites harm Jews.”

Israeli Minister Gilad Erdan attends a weekly cabinet meeting at the Foreign Ministry, amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Jerusalem, July 5, 2020. (photo credit: GALI TIBBON/POOL VIA REUTERS)
Israeli Minister Gilad Erdan attends a weekly cabinet meeting at the Foreign Ministry, amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Jerusalem, July 5, 2020.
(photo credit: GALI TIBBON/POOL VIA REUTERS)

Israel's Ambassador to the United Nations Gilad Erdan on Monday night criticized the United Nations for "turning the issue of antisemitism into a political matter," Ynet reported.

"I expressed criticism toward the special representative on the issue of racism on behalf of the United Nations for turning the issue of antisemitism into a political matter and exceeding its mandate to help antisemites harm Jews," Erdan said, according to the report.

"Defining antisemitism is the first step to fighting it – a call to negate the use of the definition is not," he added.

US Ambassador to the UN slams anti-Israel resolutions

“These one-sided resolutions and activities are a distraction and do nothing to improve the situation on the ground.”

Linda Thomas-Greenfield
Israel ambassador to the UN Gilad Erdan prepares his intervention during the security council meeting due to the situation in Middle East and Palestine, at the United Nations headquarters in New York, US, August 8, 2022. (credit: REUTERS/EDUARDO MUNOZ)Israel ambassador to the UN Gilad Erdan prepares his intervention during the security council meeting due to the situation in Middle East and Palestine, at the United Nations headquarters in New York, US, August 8, 2022. (credit: REUTERS/EDUARDO MUNOZ)

This comes just a day after United States Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield voiced concern regarding what she called "a disproportionate number of resolutions with an unfair focus on Israel."

Thomas Greenfield added that “These one-sided resolutions and activities are a distraction and do nothing to improve the situation on the ground.”

Tovah Lazaroff contributed to this report.