The General Assembly's adoption of a United Nations resolution on Monday (10 November) branding zionism as a from of racism, has caused a deep and bitter split amongst the UN membership.
CU Nations voting board showing result of 72 votes in favour etc.
/GV Delegates applaud
SV Israeli delegation listen to result read out and US delegate and Secretary General (3 shots)
CU US delegate Moynihan speaking
WOMAN OFFICIAL: "The result of the vote is as follows; seventy two votes in favour, thirty five against, thirty two abstentions. Draft resolution three has been adopted."
DANIEL MOYNIHAN: "A great evil has been loosed upon the world. The abomination of anti-semitism as this year's Nobel peace laureate, Andre Nakarov, observed in Moscow just a few days ago, the abomination of anti-semitism has been given the appearance of international sanction. The General Assembly today rears symbolic amnesty and more to the murderers of the six million European Jews. If we destroy the words which were given to us by past centuries we will not have words to replace them for philosophy today has no such words. But there are those of us who have not forsaken these older words still so new to much of the world, not forsaken them now, not forsaken them here, not anywhere, not ever. The United States of America declares that it does not acknowledge, it will not abide by, it will never acquiesce in this infamous act."
SYNOPSIS: There has been an angry reaction from many countries to a resolution approved in the General Assembly on Monday branding Zionism as a form of racism. United States delegate, Daniel Moynihan attacked the resolution.
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This film includes the announcement of the result of the vote in English and part of a speech by U.S. delegate, Daniel Moynihan. Transcripts of both appear below
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Background: The General Assembly's adoption of a United Nations resolution on Monday (10 November) branding zionism as a from of racism, has caused a deep and bitter split amongst the UN membership.
The vote of 72 to 35 with 32 abstentions has brought a savage wave of anger against the UN from many parts of the world.
The resolution was pushed through the assembly by several Arab nations and supported by a coalition of Communist and Third World countries.
Immediately after the vote was taken the Secretary-General, Kurt Waldheim, said the adoption of the resolution had plunged the UN into a critical situation. Many members are understood to be displeased by Mr. Waldheim's statement.
UN President, Gaston Thorn, is also expected to come under fire from some Arab delegates for a heated attack he made on the resolution. In a written statement Mr. Thorn said the passing of the resolution would have evil consequences that would be perceived only too soon. He said rapprochement and conciliation in the United Nations had been stupidly and needlessly jeopardised by extremists who did not know when they had gone too far.
The American Ambassador to the UN, Daniel Moynihan, was another who lashed out at what he called a great evil that had been loosed on the world. He said the United States would not acknowledge, abide or acquiesce to such an infamous act.
But in Damascus there was a different opinion with a spokesman for the Palestine Liberation Movement saying that the vote had shown the wide support and understanding by the international community.