U.N.s Ban Ki-moon meets with Jewish leaders in New York

Leaders of several Jewish organizations met with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to express concerns about recent actions and comments made by U.N. officials.

The Aug. 13 meeting at the United Nations in New York included representatives from several major Jewish organizations, including the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, the Anti-Defamation League, B’nai B’rith and the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

According to participants in the meeting, the organizational leaders raised several issues, including the recently announced U.N. Human Rights Council investigation into Israel’s conduct in the fighting in Gaza, which the communal leaders argued had been framed in a biased fashion against Israel.

The Jewish leaders also objected to critical statements made about Israel by officials with the U.N. Relief and Works Agency and expressed concern about UNRWA facilities in Gaza being used to store rockets. They also objected to Ban’s recent statement accusing Israel of committing a “criminal act” in shelling a U.N. school.

According to the participants, Ban listened respectfully and took notes but offered no endorsement of their objections and promised no specific action. — jta