WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING
October 13, 2008 – The shocking text of the Draft Outcome Document to be adopted at the UN’s so-called anti-racism conference, Durban II, has just been released. It features:
-Allegations that Palestinians are victims of Israeli racism.
-The accusation that Zionism is racism by referring to a “racially based law of return.”
-Claims of a right of return that would end the Jewishness of the state of Israel.
-An effort to end Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem.
-An attempt to strangle free speech by demands that states “encourage objective and balanced portrayals of people, events and history, especially in the media.”
-A demand that states adopt laws to invade public and private life for the purposes of “preventing and punishing expressly and specifically contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance in public and private life.”
-An insistence that the world media be governed by “a code of ethical conduct with a view to prohibiting the proliferation of ideas of superiority and the justification of racial or religious hatred.”
-An effort to tarnish “counterterrorism or national security” efforts with the accusation that they “hamper…progress in the collective struggle against racism.”
-Trumped-up accusations of global Muslim victimhood – including the claim that “the most serious manifestations of defamation of religions are the increase in Islamophobia and the worsening of the situation of Muslim minorities around the world”- a blatant effort by states sponsors of terrorism to turn attention away from their own heinous behavior by reinventing themselves as victims.
-Demands for broad new laws that would undercut democratic rights and freedoms in the name of religious sensibilities: “take firm action against negative stereotyping of religions and defamation of religious personalities, holy books, scriptures and symbols.”
During the week of October 13, 2008, democratic states led by the European Union are sitting down to conduct a second reading of this outrageous “anti-racism” document. The continued participation of democratic states like the EU and Australia in the Durban II forum is legitimizing a global discussion for and against antisemitism, for and against a Jewish state, for and against freedom of expression. Instead of providing a global platform to the enemies of human rights, they should immediately join Canada, the United States and Israel and get out.”
(Photo: ICARE/Magenta Foundation-Durban 2001 UN World Conference)
-Source: Eye on the UN