The Federal Government has defended its ambassador to the United Nations (UN) against the accusation of anti-Semitism. A Foreign Ministry spokesman criticized it as "outlandish" to associate Christoph Heusgen with anti-Semitism. If the diplomat in New York participates in voting on Israel-related resolutions, he will do so "on the instructions of the Federal Government".
The Simon Wiesenthal Foundation had raised the allegation against Heusgen, reported the Jerusalem Post . In a list of the ten most serious cases of anti-Semitic behavior in 2019, the center topped German diplomats in seventh place. Heusgen voted in favor of 16 anti-Israeli submissions in 2018 and nine in 2019, according to the statement.
"Established in Berlin and not in New York"
In fact, the United Nations General Assembly regularly passes resolutions criticizing Israel for its actions in the occupied Palestinian territories. The templates are usually found in the body significant majorities. Unlike in the Security Council, there is no veto right of individual members in the General Assembly.
The Foreign Ministry said that Germany has "long and explicitly opposed the unfair treatment of Israel at the United Nations" for a long time. Support "Israel's legitimate interests" and have "been able to disarm formulations in many ways" in diplomatic negotiations over the exact text versions of resolutions in the General Assembly.
Just like the Foreign Ministry, the deputy government spokeswoman pointed to the basic approach of the UN votes. "The voting behavior is determined in Berlin and not in New York," said Ulrike Demmer and defended Heusgen as a diplomat who "for years and with great passion against anti-Semitism has used." The State Department spokesman said, "Ambassador Heusgen is an outstanding diplomat who is as committed to security and historical attachment to Israel as West Germany."
Equated Hamas and Israeli army?
According to the newspaper report, the Simon Wiesenthal Foundation is particularly bothered by the diplomat's appearance on March 26 in the UN Security Council. In a speech delivered to the UN panel, Heusgen said: "We believe that international law is the best place to protect civilians so that they can live in peace and security without fear of Israeli criminals Bulldozers or Hamas missiles. "
The organization sees this as an inadequate identification of the radical Palestinian group with the practice of the Israeli army. There were no separate comments from the government spokesman.