The 193-member UN General Assembly has adopted a resolution defining anti-semitism without a vote.

UN assembly defines Holocaust denial

“The General Assembly is sending a strong and unambiguous message against the denial or the distortion of these historical facts,” said Germany’s UN ambassador Antje Leendertse.

“Ignoring historical facts increases the risk that they will be repeated.”

While the 193-member General Assembly adopted the resolution – drafted by Israel and Germany – without a vote, Iran disassociated itself from the text over Israel’s “occupation of Palestine and parts of Syria and Lebanon”.

Israel’s UN mission did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Iran’s statement.

The General Assembly resolution spelled out that distortion and denial of the Holocaust refers to:

* Intentional efforts to excuse or minimise the impact of the Holocaust or its principal elements, including collaborators and allies of Nazi Germany.

* Gross minimisation of the number of the victims of the Holocaust in contradiction to reliable sources.

* Attempts to blame Jews for causing their own genocide.

* Statements that cast the Holocaust as a positive historical event.

* Attempts to blur the responsibility for the establishment of concentration and death camps devised and operated by Nazi Germany by putting blame on other countries or ethnic groups.

Read the article by Michele Nichols in The Canberra Times.