UN Defines Holocaust Denial And Urges Social Media Companies To Combat It

UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations General Assembly agreed Thursday on a definition of denial of the Holocaust, when Nazis killed 6 million Jews during World War II, and urged social media companies to “take active steps” to combat antisemitism. “The General Assembly is sending a strong and unequivocal message against the denial or distortion of these historical facts,” said German Ambassador to the UN Antje Leendertse. “Ignoring historical facts increases the risk that they will be repeated.” Although the 193-member General Assembly adopted the resolution – drafted by Israel and Germany – without a vote, Iran distanced itself from the text over Israel’s “occupation of Palestine and parts of Syria and Lebanon.” Israel’s UN mission did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Iran’s statement. The General Assembly resolution explained that Holocaust distortion and denial refer to: Intentional efforts to excuse or minimize the impact of the Holocaust or its main elements, including collaborators and allies of Nazi Germany. The flagrant minimization of the number of victims of the Holocaust contradicts reliable sources. The attempts to blame the Jews for causing their own genocide. Statements presenting the Holocaust as a positive historical event. Attempts to diffuse responsibility for the establishment of concentration and extermination camps designed and operated by Nazi Germany by blaming other nations or ethnic groups. The resolution urges “member states and social media companies to take active measures to combat anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial or distortion through information and communication technologies and to facilitate reporting of such content.” . Thursday’s General Assembly meeting coincided with the 80th anniversary of the Wannsee Conference, when the Nazis met to coordinate the “final solution,” their plan to exterminate the Jews. Connect with the ! Subscribe to our YouTube channel and activate notifications, or follow us on social networks: Facebook, Twitter

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