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U.N. chief backs session on suicide terror

The U.N. secretary-general is endorsing a Jewish proposal to hold a special session on suicide terror.

A U.N. spokesperson announced Thursday that Ban Ki-moon is supporting an initiative presented by the Simon Wiesenthal Center to hold a special session of the General Assembly on suicide terror, The Associated Press reported.

Rabbi Marvin Hier, the center’s founder and dean, led a delegation that met with Ban Tuesday to discuss the session and raise concerns about the forthcoming follow-up to the 2001 U.N. conference on racism. The center wants suicide bombing to be labeled a crime against humanity.

“The time has come to place suicide terror at the top of the international agenda,” Hier said in a statement. “This scourge is only going to get worse, and the world must act before it is too late.”

Ban told the Wiesenthal Center delegation that he would personally present the initiative to Srgjan Kerim, the General Assembly president.

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