Wednesday, February 21

US Envoy To UN Accuses Francesca Albanese Of Being “Anti-Semitic”

Edited by Fathimathu Shana

Michele Taylor accused Francesca Albanese of having a “history of using anti-Semitic tropes”. Taylor, who is the permanent representative of US to the United Nations Human Rights Council said that the UN special rapporteur on Palestine’s statements are “unacceptable and anti-Semitic”.

Taylor said, “her (Francesca Albanese) most recent statements justifying, dismissing, & denying the anti-Semitic undertones of Hamas’ October 7 attack are unacceptable & anti-Semitic. We expect more of independent UN experts and condemn all forms of antisemitism”.

Albanese has been a vocal critic of the Israeli oppression in Gaza. Earlier this week, she was banned from entering into Israel for saying that the October 7th attacks were a “response to Israel’s oppression”.

Responding to the news, she said that Israel denying her entry “is not news”, and added that Israel has banned the entry of all the Special Rapporteurs of Palestine since 2008. She said, it must not be a distracting factor from the atrocities of Israeli in Gaza, “which are taking a new level of horror with the bombing of people in ‘safe areas’” in Rafah.

 

Earlier, as a response to French President Emmanual Macron paying tribute to the “tortured of October 7”, which was denoted as the “largest anti-Semitic massacre of our century”, Albanese said the victims of the October 7th were not killed “because of their Judaism, but in response to Israel’s oppression”. She said, France and the International community did nothing to prevent it.

She was criticised for her tweet and said that she was supporting Hamas. the UN Special Rapporteur said that she was disappointed that some read her “tweet as “justifying” the Hamas crimes of 10/7, which I have strongly condemned several times. I reject all racism, including anti-Semitism, a global threat. But explaining these crimes as anti-Semitism obscures their true cause”.

 

Francesca Albanese is an Italian international lawyer and academic. It was on May 2022, she was appointed as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the occupied Palestinian territories on a three-year term. She is regarded as a strong opponent of the Israeli occupation of Palestine, and also recommended the UN member states to develop “a plan to end the Israeli settler-colonial occupation and apartheid regime”, on her very first report after joining the position.