Thursday 20 November 2008

Durban II UN conference: Israel to be declared an enemy of humanity?

"Geneva-based UN Watch, the leading independent monitor of the United Nations human rights system, issued the following statement concerning Israel's announcement today that it will join Canada in staying away from the UN's "Durban II" conference on racism, to be held in Geneva in April 2009:

The latest draft of the Durban II declaration seeks to portray Israel as an enemy of humanity, using language lifted verbatim from the notorious 2001 Tehran declaration that led up to the original Durban debacle. The countries that maliciously introduced this hateful rhetoric, and those who responded with moral indifference, bear full responsibility for Israel’s understandable decision today. When the forces of intolerance turn human rights into a political weapon, everybody loses.

In establishing red lines, France, Britain, the Netherlands, Denmark and other democracies have promised to disengage from the Durban process if they are unable to remove the objectionable language—provisions that assault Israel as well as basic human rights principles. We expect them to act accordingly.

For more on the 2009 Durban Review Conference, see"

Livni: Israel won't attend Durban II, by Tovah Lazaroff

- Girding Up for Durban II, by Leslie Susser
UN Durban II Regional Meeting Confirms Worst Fears of Anti-Semitic and Anti-Democratic Agenda, Stand With Us
Boycott Durban II, by Pascal Bruckner
Durban II: The Red Lines Have Been Crossed, by Anne Bayefsky

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Will the conference declare that the holocaust never happened? that the Protocols of the Elders of Zion is a reliable textbook? that Jews engage in ritual murder? Surely the UN anti-semites are forgetting a part of their script? or are they afraid to show all their hand?