U.N. guard reprimanded for swastikas
February 21, 2006
UNITED NATIONS --The United Nations has reprimanded a security guard for drawing swastikas on a log sheet later seen by a guard from Israel, a U.N. spokesman said Tuesday.
The guard who drew the swastikas was issued a letter of reprimand and was asked to attend sensitivity training for the September incident, U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said.
Dujarric would not identify the guard who was reprimanded. The Israeli guard also was not identified.
The United Nations in recent years has tried to live down an infamous 1975 resolution that equated Zionism with racism, which was repealed in the 1990s. Some critics still accuse the world body of being anti-Semitic because a bloc of Middle Eastern, African and Asian states have in the past used the General Assembly to broadcast their opposition to Israel.
Daniel Carmon, Israel's deputy ambassador to the United Nations, said the act of one security guard could not be compared to the larger issue of anti-Semitism at the U.N.
"You have to divide between the political activity in the U.N., in which there is still lots to do but in which there have been lots of improvement, and something that is worrying (but) as grave as it is, it's on a completely different level," Carmon said.