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Promoting Tolerance and Mutual Respect at the Human Rights Council
June 11, 2010

The United States deplores the appalling remarks made before the Human Rights Council this week by the Syrian representative regarding Israel and the Israeli people.

Such insults and slurs are deeply offensive and an affront to the dignity of all. They evoke classic anti-semitic stereotypes that have been denounced around the world. We call on leaders within the UN human rights system to condemn these statements. All have a responsibility to speak out when anyone, including States, stirs up hatred.

We urge all States to commit to promoting tolerance and contributing to an atmosphere of mutual respect at the Human Rights Council and among people affected by its work.