(JTA) – The United Nations (UN) General Assembly is holding its first-ever meeting focused on anti-Semitism today.
The meeting was organized in the wake of a series of anti-Semitic incidents, including the hostage crisis at a French kosher supermarket this month and the shooting last year at a Brussels Jewish museum.
Israel, the United States, Canada and all of the European Union states were among the 37 countries that called the meeting, according to a news release from Israel’s Foreign Ministry.
French philosopher Bernard Henri-Levy will deliver the keynote address. Other speakers will include Minister of Public Safety Steven Blaney on behalf of Canada, Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the UN, and representatives of other countries.
“It says a lot that so many countries have partnered with Israel to raise this issue of anti-Semitism to the top of the UN’s agenda,” Israeli UN Ambassador Ron Prosor said in the news release. We have a great deal of work to do to move this issue from the headlines to the history books.”
(Ottawa Jewish Bulletin Editor Michael Regenstreif contributed to this report.)