NEW YORK (Aug. 5)
The Anti-Defamation League and the American Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors held a “call to action” on Wednesday in front of the Holocaust memorial wall near the United Nations to press for U.S. and U.N. intervention in war-torn Bosnia-Hercegovina.
About 200 people from 18 Jewish organizations participated, holding aloft placards that read “Never Again” and “Stop the Atrocities.”
“Mankind is divided into three groups: the murderers, the victims and the bystanders,” said Benjamin Meed, president of the American Gathering. “Murderers can only act if the bystander permits him to.”
Meanwhile, inside the United Nations, representatives of several Jewish groups met with Ambassador Alec Watson, deputy U.S. representative to the international body, to express their concern over the U.S. government’s inaction in putting an end to the Serbian atrocities.
Watson reportedly did not tell the Jewish representatives, who were there under the umbrella of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organization, that the United States was taking any particular course of action.
He did say, according to those who attended, that the United States and the United Nations are continuing their investigations into the matter.