Israel to commemorate Chaim Herzog’s historic 1975 UN speech

NEW YORK – The Permanent Mission of Israel to the United Nations will hold an event Wednesday commemorating the historic speech given by then ambassador to the UN Chaim Herzog on November 10, 1975, in which he denounced General Assembly Resolution 3379 that declared Zionism a form of racism.

That day coincided with the 37th anniversary Kristallnacht, or the Night of Shattered Glass, in Germany. The resolution was adopted by a 72-35 vote with 32 abstentions and remained in place for until it was revoked in 1991, by which time Herzog was Israel’s sixth president.

At the end of his speech, described by the Israeli mission as “one of the most influential” addresses in history, Herzog had made a powerful impact when he tore up the resolution on the podium before the UN General Assembly.


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