WIZO members from WIZO Switzerland (and ADEI-WIZO Italy also )took part in the Pro-Israel rally that was held outside the UNHeadquarters in Geneva where the UN Human Rights Council, convened to debate the bias report on last summer’s Israel-Gaza conflict.
Anne Argi, Past President of WIZO Switzerland and currently the head of the WIZO delegation to the UN in Geneva participated in the rally and delivered a speech on behalf of the Swiss Jewish Community and World WIZO.Anne Argi took to the stage after Robert Singer CEO of the World Jewish Congress and British Army Colonel (res.) Richard Kemp (who also defended Israel after the Goldstone Report).
This is Anne’s speech – :QUOTE
My name is Anne Argi. I am the past president of the Swiss WIZO Federation and it is my privilege to represent the Jewish community of Switzerland here today at this historic rally.
Switzerland’s relationship with Israel began long before Switzerland formally recognized the State of Israel on January 25, 1949.
More than half a century earlier, in 1897, Theodor Herzl convened the first World Zionist Congress in Basel, and between 1898 and 1946, 14 Zionist Congresses were held in Switzerland.
Indeed, the last World Zionist Congress before the outbreak of World War II and the genocide of six million European Jews took place here in Geneva in August of 1939.
Geneva was also the birthplace in 1936 of the World Jewish Congress, and we are grateful to Robert Singer, the CEO of the World Jewish Congress, and to his colleagues for their leadership role in making today’s rally in support of the State and people of Israel a reality.
The Zionist Congresses that took place in Switzerland and elsewhere were models of democracy during which leaders of our ancient people brought about the political rebirth of the State of Israel as a vibrant democracy, the only democracy in the Middle East.
We, the leaders and members of the Swiss Jewish community, live in one of the oldest democracies in the world
We recognize in Israel a democracy that is just as strong, just as dedicated to the respect for human life and dignity, as the democracy we enjoy here in Switzerland.
Today, we join with friends from across Europe to proclaim our support and solidarity with the State of Israel and the people of Israel in their search for a lasting, secure peace.
Israel is the only country in the Middle East where Jews, Christians and Muslims can practice their respective religions in freedom.
Israel is the only country in the Middle East where Jews and Arabs vote in democratic national elections.
Israel is the only country in the Middle East with a free press.
Today, we call on the United Nations to acknowledge that Israel is the one country in the Middle East where the human rights of all its citizens are guaranteed and recognized.
Today, we call on the United Nations Human Rights Council to stop holding Israel to an unfair double standard while ignoring the human rights violations of other nations, including some that sit on the Council itself.
We, the Jewish Community of Switzerland, proudly stand with the State of Israel, with the people of Israel, and with the democracy of Israel.
We, the volunteers of WIZO in Switzerland support and defend the people in Israel and work relentlessly for a future of respect and peace.
Thank you very much.