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Boo to the Muslim Hitler – Ahmadinejad Jeered at the racist “anti-racism” conf. UN Durban

April 20, 2009

Boo to the Muslim Hitler – Ahmadinejad Jeered at the racist “anti-racism” conf. UN Durban

Ahmadinejad jeered at anti-racism conference – CNN.com, The opening of a United Nations conference in Switzerland on anti-racism was marred by chaotic scenes Monday as protests and a walkout by delegates … http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/europe/04/20/racism.conference/index.html

Iran’s leader sparks Western walkout at UN meeting, AP – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad gestures during his speech at the …. JOE BEE buzzed up: Iran’s leader sparks Western walkout at UN meeting (AP) … http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090420/ap_on_re_eu/un_un_racism_conference

Iran’s leader sparks walkout, shouts of ’shame’ – United Nations …Apr 20, 2009 … Image: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad delivers his speech … Iran’s leader sparks walkout at U.N. meeting … http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/30304767/

European delegates walk out on Iran’s President Mahmoud …Apr 20, 2009 … The United States and eight other Western countries, … That prompted a walkout by some 40 diplomats from European countries such as Britain and … Ahmadinejad “has made Iran the odd man out,” Jonas Gahr Store said. …
 
 Delegates walk out of UN summit during Ahmadinejad speech … While 40 diplomats representing Britain, France and other European countries…
 
 Boycott, Walkout Mar UN Racism Conference – Radio Free Europe …Apr 20, 2009 … Delegations from a number of countries have walked out of a UN … Some 40 delegates stood and exited the hall amid a mixture of outraged shouts … EU Walkout Ahmadinejad’s invitation to address the conference… http://www.rferl.org/content/Western_Boycott_Mars_UN_Racism_Conference_From_Outset/1612128.html
 
 Apr 20, 2009 … Delegates walk out of UN summit during Ahmadinejad speech … While 40 diplomats representing Britain, France and other European countries left later, Ahmadinejad was applauded by some Middle Eastern…
 

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US [like Canada] Pulls out of [Arab Muslim racist push at] UN’s “Durban” conference – European states thinking over boycotting it too

March 1, 2009

US [like Canada] Pulls out of [Arab Muslim racist push at] UN’s “Durban” conference – European states thinking over boycotting it too
United States Pulls Out of Durban II
 
by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
(IsraelNN.com) The Obama administration announced Friday that it is boycotting the Durban II conference on racism unless there are significant changes to what the State Department called “unsalvageable” anti-Israeli resolutions.

The decision by the State Department pleased Kadima leader and acting Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and Knesset Member Silvan Shalom, Livni’s predecessor, who said it is “a sign for the entire world.” Livni stated that the policy move “must lead the way for more countries that share the same values” to boycott the convention, scheduled for April. Canada already has said it will not participate.

Israel has been concerned by the new American government’s change in policy to participate in preliminary committee meetings for the convention, which is to be held in Geneva but bears the name of the South African city where the first meeting was held in 2001. The United States walked out of it because of harsh anti-Israeli resolutions.

The proposed motions for the April meeting single out Israel for its presence in Judea and Samaria and include a Palestinian Authority proposal for “international protection of the Palestinian people throughout the occupied Palestinian territory” effectively claiming that Arabs are victims of alleged Israeli racism and that the U.N. should protect them.

The Durban planning committee, chaired by Libya, also rejected a European Union (EU) condemnation of Holocaust denial.
 
The State Department announcement came after growing domestic protests of the Obama administration’s participation in the planning committee. It would reconsider its boycott if the conference drops its reference to any specific country, which so far names Israel but no other nation, and if it does not affirm the 2001 Durban resolutions that singled out Israel.

“Unfortunately, the document being negotiated has gone from bad to worse,” State Department spokesman Robert Wood said. “As a result, the United States will not participate in the forthcoming negotiations on this text, nor will we be able to participate in a conference that is based on this text.”

The Anti-Defamation League and the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations praised the American government for backing out of the conference.
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/130187

European states consider boycotting Durban 2 summit
The 2001 World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance in Durban was meant to lay down a blueprint for nations
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1067540.html

Arab Racism

February 1, 2008

Arab Racism

One of the accusations which the various Arab countries (including Egypt and Jordan which have peace treaties with Israel) often make against Israel is that “Zionism is racism”. Defining Zionism, the national liberation movement of jews, the victims of racism, as racism is particularly cynical, yet it seems that the Arabs have succeeded to convince the leaders of some nations, themselves victims of racism, to support this vicious accusation.
The latest attempt to define Zionism as racism was at the 2001 UNESCO conference which was held in Durban, South Africa. The resolution which was initiated by Arab countries enjoyed the support of most participants. Especially painful was the support of such African leaders as Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu. Some Western countries, however, notably Australia and Canada, objected and accused the conference of hypocrisy. The Canadian delegation, for example, issued the following statement:
“Canada is still here today only because we wanted to have our voice decry the attempts at this Conference to de-legitimize the State of Israel and to dishonor the history and suffering of the Jewish people. We believe, and we have said in the clearest possible terms, that it was inappropriate – wrong – to address the Palestinian-Israel conflict in this forum. We have said, and will continue to say, that anything – any process, any declaration, any language – presented in any forum that does not serve to advance a negotiated peace that will bring security, dignity and respect to the people of the region is – and will be – unacceptable to Canada.”
It was for that reason that both Israel and the United States under the leadership of Secretary Colin Powell, himself no stranger to racism, pulled their delegations from the conference. The final text adopted by the conference drops all direct criticism of Israel, but does recognize the Palestinians’ right to self-determination and expresses concern at their plight under foreigh occupation.
That was only the latest attempt to define Zionism as racism. In November 1975, the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 3379 declared that “Zionism is a form of racism and racial discrimination” In December 1991, the General Assembly rescinded this resolution through Resolution 4686.
All those years the Arab countries continued to promote this false notion. It is therefore of interest to check how different things are on the other side of the fence, namely in the Arab countries. Even though there are many blacks who live in those countries the question whether they are subject to racism was academic for a long time and one had to resort to circumstantial evidence in order to answer it. One well-known fact is that most Arabs refer to blacks as “Abed” which means “slave” in Arabic. This seems to say something about the situation of racism in the Arab world. Today, due to the recent events in Darfur and the active role that the Arab Janjaweed play in the slaughter of black Africans there, this question has become more urgent and relevant than ever before. It is time for the UN and the whole world to fight it NOW

http://www.democrasay.com/node/597