Francesca Albanese is an Italian native, international lawyer, academic scholar, and life-long antisemite. In 2022, Albanese was appointed as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Palestine. In addition, Albanese is an Affiliate Scholar at the Institute for the Study of International Migration at Georgetown University and a Senior Advisor on Migration & Forced Displacement at the NGO Arab Renaissance for Democracy & Development.
Although her resume is stately, Albanese’s accolades are followed by a decade of outrageous antisemitic rhetoric against the Jewish people and the State of Israel.
In October of 2022, Albanese made a special request within her first report to the UN that members should advance ‘a plan to end the Israeli settler-colonial occupation and apartheid regime.’ Her outrageous remarks violate the working definition of antisemitism by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA): ‘denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination by claiming the existence of the State of Israel is a racist endeavor.’
Albanese has also grotesquely compared the history of the Holocaust to the Nakba. In her one sided analysis, she advocates for the ‘destruction‘ of the world’s only Jewish state. She continued her false allegations by comparing Israel to Nazi Germany. Her comments regarding the security concerns Israel faces, she claimed, were fueled by ‘greediness’ and ‘paranoia.’ Under IHRA, Albanese is in direct conflict with ‘drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis.’
Upon Albanese’s appointment as Special Rapporteur, controversy ensued due to her past antisemitic remarks regarding the Holocaust and the ‘Jewish lobby.’ These antisemitic statements of Jewish power and control ignited a bipartisan upheaval in Congress.
This past week, eleven Democratic and Republican Congress members called for Albanese’s firing, citing her ‘outrageous‘ antisemitism and her ‘obsessive focus on the world’s only Jewish state.’ The bi-partisan members were quick to make the correlation between Albanese’s remarks and IHRA recognition that ‘making mendacious allegations about the mythical power of Jews controlling the media, economy, government, or other societal institutions’ is slanderous and antisemitic.
Instead of taking responsibility for her Jew-hating rhetoric, Albanese refused to apologize for any of her remarks but instead claims her statements regarding the US being ‘subjugated by Jews‘ were not
antisemitic. Albanese doubled down on anyone who challenged her repetition of age-old antisemitic tropes or inciting violence.
Jew hatred has no place in the United Nations. The UN must address the hateful and perfidious speech from Albanese and remove her from this present position.
How can YOU help? Email Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and demand he swiftly strips Francesca Albanese of her UN duties.