UN taps Spanish ex-diplomat as its first antisemitism watchdog

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has tapped Miguel Angel Moratinos, a former Spanish diplomat, as the international body's first antisemitism watchdog.

In his new role, Moratinos, who is currently a High Representative for the UN Alliance of Civilization, will work on streamlining the system-wide response to antisemitism, the Jewish News Syndicate reported.

The Combat Antisemitism Movement, a global coalition of activists and organizations fighting against the anti-Jewish bias, welcomed the nomination.

"The importance of this role is reflected by the wealth of high-level experience and prominent leadership" showcased by the former diploma, CAM director Sacha Roytman-Dratwa said.

Between 1996 and 2003, Moratinos worked as the European Union Special Representative for the Middle East. Later on, he served as Spain's Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2004 to 2010.
Before that, he was Spain's foreign policy architect for Africa and the Middle East from 1993 to 1996 and participated in the organizing of the Middle East Peace Conference in Madrid in 1992.

While the UN played a major role in the establishment of Israel, critics say that some of its platforms have been corrupted with antisemitic sentiments.

One of the most criticized bodies is the UN Human Rights Council, which frequently lambastes Israel over alleged human rights violations while failing to address the wrongdoings of more oppressive regimes.

In February, the UNHRC released of a list of companies operating in West Bank settlements, a first-ever attempt to name and shame businesses that has drawn fierce criticism from Israel and the U.S.

Israel accused the international body of bias and surrendering to anti-Israel elements, and froze ties with its human rights chief. 

"The UN Human Rights Council is a biased and uninfluential body," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement. 

"Instead of dealing with human rights this body is trying to blacken Israel's name. We reject any such attempt in the strongest terms and with disgust."

Source: ynetnews