The United Nations General Assembly will hold a meeting on the growth of anti-Semitism on January 22 in response to a request from dozens of nations, including Israel, the United States, and all of the European Union members, the Associated Press website reports today (January 14, 2015).
The 37 countries sent a letter to assembly President Sam Kutesa on October 1, 2014 -- long before last week's attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris -- calling for a meeting in response to "an alarming outbreak of anti-Semitism worldwide."
Israel's UN Ambassador Ron Prosor said on January 12: "We have a great deal of work to do to move this issue from the headlines to the history books."
The killing of four French Jews in last week's hostage standoff at the Paris kosher market was just the latest incident to raise fears among European Jews. It follows killings at a Belgian Jewish Museum and a Jewish school in southwestern France in 2014.