UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres (photo: Reuters)
“Denial of Israel’s right to exist is antisemitism," declared United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres at a meeting with senior officials of the Simon Weisenthal Center (SWC).
The meeting took place at the UN headquarters in New York, according to an SWC press release sent out on Tuesday.
The topics discussed with Guterres included countering growing antisemitism in Europe, blocks hampering the Middle East peace process, and ending the demonization of Israel by certain UN agencies.
Criticizing campaigns to delegitimize the historic connections between the land of Israel and the Jewish people like UNESCO’s decision in May which disavowed Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem, Guterres said that "history must be respected. Jerusalem is a holy city for three religions.”