Jewish groups objected over the weekend to the participation of UN General Assembly President Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann at the International Day of Commemoration for Holocaust victims, which is held each year on January 27.

D’Escoto’s “extreme anti-Israel statements violate the very essence of the Holocaust commemoration,” according to a statement by the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.

D’Escoto has drawn the ire of Israel and Jewish groups since embracing Holocaust-doubting Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad after the latter’s September speech to the assembly, in which he echoed conspiracy theories of Jewish world domination.

In November, d’Escoto called for international sanctions against Israel.

The Conference of Presidents called on d’Escoto to “choose not to be present so that the sacred intent of the commemoration is maintained.” If he chose to be present, the statement said, he should not “desecrate the event by repeating his past unacceptable comments.”

The US umbrella body noted that “the American Gathering of Holocaust Survivors and other organizations join us in this expression of concern and regret regarding the possible participation of the General Assembly president.”

Jeffrey Wiesenfeld, vice president of the American Gathering of Holocaust Survivors, told The Jewish Week two weeks ago that “we continue to hope that [d’Escoto] will find a way out of coming