This coming Thursday, September 22nd, the UN will be holding another “anti-racism conference“, commonly known as Durban III after the first “UN World Conference Against Racism”, which took place in Durban mere days before the 9/11 attacks. The esteemed Anne Bayefsky writes:
On September 22, the U.N. General Assembly will feature speeches from the U.N. high commissioner for human rights, Navi Pillay – a major supporter of Durban III – and Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who is poised to deliver his usual anti-Semitic tirade under the General Assembly’s banner. Along with these speeches, get ready for a major assault on human rights: The Durban Declaration charges Israel – and only Israel, among 192 U.N. nations – with racism. The declaration is a reincarnation of the “Zionism is racism” libel, and it is about to be catapulted to new heights if Pillay, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), and willing collaborators in the developing world’s G-77 get their way.
Negotiators are planning to finalize the declaration, intended to be rubber-stamped by world leaders later this month, as early as today. This will leave each government with a stark choice: join Islamic states and their partners in perpetrating this “anti-racist” swindle or join the boycott. Durban enthusiasts are hoping to make that choice as difficult as possible by masking the agenda with a human rights veneer.
For instance, the new declaration is called “United against racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance.” Except that, given how racism has been defined, the General Assembly is not united on the subject. It expresses much heartfelt concern for the “victims of racism” – except those words are the product of intense lobbying by Islamic states because the Durban Declaration says Palestinians are “victims” of Israeli racism. There is a harmless looking reference to “intolerance including its new forms and manifestations.” It was inserted because of the OIC/G-77 demanded the declaration cover Islamophobia and defamation of religion. As Egypt’s representative to the Human Rights Council back in March, “the denigration of religions is wrongly justified on the ground of the right to freedom of expression.”
The U.N. gamesmanship at work here is a form of art. Russia has been suggesting language for the new declaration that would denigrate free speech and place restrictions on the media. The OIC states, keen on denigrating Israel above all, have stepped in to propose a “middle ground” that purports to “give up” anti-free speech provisions in exchange for including cloaked Israel-bashing provisions.
As might have been expected, Israel is not the only loser. For the first time, the new declaration will project the stature of the Durban Declaration as higher than the 1965 core treaty on racial discrimination. The new declaration claims the Durban Declaration is a “comprehensive UN framework…for combating racism.” Removed from the draft text at the behest of the OIC and G-77 was a “call” for universal ratification of the racism treaty – previously standard fare in U.N. resolutions. (Paragons like Angola, Malaysia, North Korea, and Burma/Myanmar aren’t parties to the treaty.) Even the outcome document from the Durban II conference, held in Geneva in April 2009, called the racism treaty “the principal international instrument to prevent, combat and eradicate racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance.” No longer.
Not surprisingly, the diplomats have failed to figure out how to combat racism seriously and to whitewash anti-Semitism.
Since Ms. Bayefsky wrote this article, more countries have announced that they will not be taking part in this antisemitic hatefest. Israel Matzav has been following the story closely and tells us that France, New Zealand, Britain, Bulgaria, Germany, Austria, Holland, the Czech Republic and Italy, along with our faithful friends Australia, the US, Canada, and of course Israel itself will not be participating. Unfortunately that still leaves well over 100 countries who will.
In the most shameful display of outright discrimination, UN Watch has been banned by the UN from monitoring Durban III, as the indefatigable Hillel Neuer writes:
In an unpreedented development, the United Nations has decided to block UN Watch from attending and monitoring this Thursday’s Durban III “anti-racism” meeting. See full story below. This is the first time in history that UN Watch has been officially excluded from a UN proceeding. In response, UN Watch filed an urgent complaint with UN rights chief Navi Pillay, the leading figure in the Durban process, asking her to denounce this act of discrimination. While her office pledged to pass on the complaint to the General Assembly President, High Commissioner Pillay is so far refusing to speak out. Click on this video to see what UN Watch intended to say at the Sept. 22 UN gathering.
I urge you to watch the embedded video linked above, and then watch this video below, which summarizes all that has been said above.
More to follow in an upcoming post.