Monday was UN Holocaust Remembrance Day, when the United Nations was supposed to pay homage to victims of the Holocaust. As part of the proceedings, the Austrian and Norwegian missions to the UN hosted a well-attended event, complete with high-end food and beverages. Among the included drinks were a variety of wines.
Unfortunately, someone quickly noticed that the labels on one of the brands of wine had all been defaced with a marker. The bottles were the product of the award-winning Golan Heights Winery in Israel, but someone had gone through and blacked out the name of the winery on all of them, apparently feeling that the name was offensive. (Free Beacon)
The United Nations is again facing accusations of anti-Israel bias for erasing from display the location of an Israeli-made bottle of wine during a recent Holocaust remembrance event, according to pictures provided to the Washington Free Beacon.
During a U.N. Holocaust memorial event sponsored by Austria and Norway earlier this week, an Israeli-made wine was served. However, “Golan Heights Winery,” where the wine was produced, appears to have been blacked out on the label so it can no longer be viewed, according to pictures.
The apparent whitewashing of the wine’s origins was first caught by Anne Bayefsky, director of the Touro Institute on Human Rights and the Holocaust and president of Human Rights Voices, whose members attended the event and posted photos on Twitter.
Here’s the photo of one of the altered bottles, tweeted by Ms. Bayefsky.
Left, original Israeli wine bottle. Right, “Golan Heights” blanked out on bottle served at UN #Holocaust event sponsored by #Austria & #Norway. Encouraging Jew-hatred today is how UN marks Jew-hatred of yesterday pic.twitter.com/Ahzyp1ntPL
— Anne Bayefsky (@AnneBayefsky) January 30, 2019
This would have been pretty offensive under any random set of conditions, but let’s keep in mind that either the Norwegian or Austrian UN delegation did this during a Holocaust memorial event. That’s not just residual or inadvertent antisemitism. I mean, you’ve got to be seriously trying to make a statement to pull off a move like this.
The Austrian Mission to the UN issued an apology, indicating that the blackout wasn’t an official decision of either mission, but rather “a clear mistake by an individual member of the mission.” Even if that’s true, it still says something about your organization if it’s staffed with people who make those sorts of “mistakes” in the middle of an event hosted to honor and remember the Jewish dead.
But apparently, that’s just more of the typical attitude of nearly the entire United Nations. Isreal has very few friends there, with the United States being one of the most notable exceptions. The organization is rife with antisemitic bias, demonstrated by the endless resolutions of censure they bring to the floor, and it clearly doesn’t seem to be looking to improve its record.