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UN Durban Follow Session: A Sign For Things To Come

Posted by Atilla89 on February 21, 2008

7 days ago I started talking about a counter conference against Durban II because I, like a lot of other people believe that Durban II will just by another bitch-fest about Israel and Zionism, dominated by Antisemitic Arab powers and their allies. Well, we’ve had an follow up session and guess what, there are no surprises as to what has happened at this conference. Read the whole thing here.

In what may be a portent of things to come, Islamic accusations against the West dominated a UN session today dedicated to follow-up of the 2001 World Conference Against Racism, held in Durban, South Africa.

This week in Geneva saw the first meeting of the “Ad Hoc Committee of the Human Rights Council on the Elaboration of Complementary Standards,” which was created by a UN Human Rights Council Resolution on follow-up to the 2001 Durban conference. Initiated by Algeria on behalf of Africa, it was adopted in December 2006 over the opposition of the EU, Canada and other democratic states on the Council. The resolution sought to “heed the decision and instruction of the 2001 World Conference against Racism.”

So basically those that turned Durban I into a fiasco have launched this new meeting. Now we start to see the reasons why Israel, Canada and many political pundits and commentators don’t want another conference.

Algerian Deputy Permanent Representative Mohammed Bessedik drew thinly veiled comparisons of today’s treatment of Muslims to the Nazi atrocities against Jews. “The policy of targeting Muslims would actually aim at dehumanizing them by assaulting their identity to legitimize an attitude of racial discrimination similar to the one that targeted another Semitic people in the 20th century.” He described the threat of “reawakening the hydra of the anti-Semitic campaigns of the 20th century, which we now call Islamophobia.”

In thinly veiled jibes against Israel, “foreign occupation” was raised repeatedly by Islamic states. Syria and Algeria called it one of the worst forms of human rights violations. Egypt referred to countries that occupy other countries for a lengthy period as “a form of racism by itself” and “a racist regime of occupation.”

I think both those paragraph are pretty self-explantory. As well as this, the Arab and African countries aren’t troubling to cover their lobby for another of these conferences;

Senegal stressed the need for finding new language for contemporary manifestations of racism — another way of calling for a reopening of the Durban 2001 declaration.

Hopefully enough countries will boycott the Durban II conference enough to make it look like a farce and instead attend a counter conference proposed by Canadian Senator Jerry Graftstein. Otherwise there is not much else that can be done.

2 Responses to “UN Durban Follow Session: A Sign For Things To Come”

  1. […] Antisemitic and Anti-Zionist. We’ve already had a foretaste of what’s to come in the “Ad Hoc Committee of the Human Rights Council on the Elaboration of Complementary Standards” which was put into place in order to “heed the decision and instruction of the 2001 World […]

  2. owlminerva said

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