Updated: Aug 31, 2019
The Jewish diaspora contributes to the perceptible loss of the national identity of the Jewish population. The United Nations Historic General Assembly (UNHGA), in its second committee session, seized its opportunity to scrutinise the economic impacts of refugees and to explore solutions, without loopholes, for the betterment of the displaced Jewish population of Europe.
There were explicit assertions from the delegate of Norway vis-à-vis the United Kingdom’s denial of refugees into its country, the partition in Europe resulting into the smuggling of Jews into Middle Eastern countries, akin to Palestine. The delegate of the nation rejected their right to reply to defend the sovereignty of its nation.
The delegate of France patiently stated that the Jews serve as an instrument for the authorities to maintain social peace and as whitewashers for the French problem of anti-semitism. The delegate further advocated the committee to ponder on all the organization that the nations can fund and provide services to in order to assist the Jewish community and contribute to the quest for the determination of their national identity. The French delegate had divulged an array of solutions aimed at addressing the problems faced by the community. He believed that the establishment of displacement camps, housing over a hundred refugees, will help larger communities to reunite with their families. The propaganda will help spread awareness apropos various minorities, amplifying equality and world peace. The other, subsidizing psychological aid for the Jews.
The delegates of Guatemala and the Soviet Union were supportive and believed that the Jewish communities (in their respective countries) are given importance and are considered as highly economic parts of the population. “The refugees have contributed to the balance and well-functioning of the economic system, maintaining the community beliefs of the nation,'' as stated by the delegate. Whilst, the delegates of Poland and Venezuela believed that the cultures of their nations were at a loss with the immigrants, leading to a “cultural genocide”.
Several delegates, such as those of Panama and Dominican Republic, shirked and remained unresponsive, whereas others, such as the delegate of Chile, pounced on their opportunity to state that “we should move on from the Holocaust”. The committee members seemed to be moving forward, despite the occasional hindrances.
Reporter: Paavni Arora
Editor: Seher Anand