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U.S. to Boycott U.N. ‘Durban III’ Racism Conference over Israel References

The United States, along with Canada and Israel, will boycott the upcoming United Nations ‘DurbanIII’ World Conference Against Racism due to what Washington is calling “intolerance” and “anti-Semitism.”

Is the entire world (except the US and Canada) anti-Semitic?

The conference, to be held in New York this September, is to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 2001 conference of the same name held in Durban, South Africa. Bush administration diplomats and the Israeli delegation stormed out of that gathering in protest of a resolution that slammed Israel and equated Zionism with racism, a logical conclusion based on worldwide observation of the shocking Israeli persecution– some would even say ethnic cleansing– of the Palestinian people.

The United States, along with Israel and six other countries (out of a total UN membership of 192 nations) also boycotted the ‘Durban II’ conference, held in Switzerland in 2009.

According to the Associated Press, Joseph E. Macmanus, the acting US assistant secretary of state for legislative affairs, explained the Obama administration’s decision to boycott the conference was due to “ugly displays of intolerance and anti-Semitism.” He explained the 2009 boycott was due to the UN’s re-affirmation of the 2001 Durban Declaration, “which unfairly singled out Israel and included language inconsistent with US traditions of robust free speech.”

Macmanus was referring to language inserted at the insistence of Muslim countries that demanded a denunciation of Israel and foolishly attempted to ban all criticism of Islam.

But by childishly boycotting such a high-profile international conference on a global problem which very much affects the United States and Israel, the Obama administration has once again proven its disdain for “US traditions of robust free speech.”

Accusations of anti-Semitism against the entire world (except, of course, the countries who boycott the conference) smack of guilty isolation and are nothing but Zionist-speak for “we reject the world shining a light on Israeli crimes against humanity.”

Zionism is racism; pure, unabashed racism that posits one people, chosen by god, have a divinely ordained right to expel hundreds of thousands of other (lesser) people from their homeland and do whatever it takes to ensure that Palestine remains a Jewish state. This has included the expulsion– often violently– of 700,000 Palestinians from their homes, the destruction of over 200 Palestinian villages, and numerous wars waged with the goal of securing a Jewish-dominated state in which Arabs are second-class citizens denied the same rights as their Jewish compatriots.

If that’s not racism, then please tell me what is.

Then there’s the 9/11 card the US so loves to play.

“It is an insult to America that the United Nations has decided to hold the Durban III conference in New York just days from the tenth anniversary of the September 11 attacks,” Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) said. “We all witnessed how extreme anti-Semitic and anti-American voices took over” the first Durban conference, she added.

Again, Gillibrand shamelessly employs the same sort of insidious equation of criticism of Israel with anti-Semitism, a brush used most skillfully by Zionists and their apologists to paint legitimate critics as evil Jew-haters. It’s a miracle that more people don’t hate them when they resort to such vile tactics.

Of course, Zionist groups hailed America’s decision to skip this important event.

The UN is the world body, and as such reflects a wide spectrum of viewpoints. But when acting in concert and with collective resolve, the UN’s voice ought to be respected as an imperfect yet consensus-driven reflection of the opinion of humanity. But since the overwhelming majority of the inhabitants of this planet stand firmly opposed to Israeli crimes against humanity and heavy-handed American global domination, it is all too natural that the UN would be vilified in the US and Israel.

In explaining its boycott of the UN racism conference, the US claims it is “fully committed to upholding human rights of all people and to combatting racial discrimination, xenophobia, intolerance and bigotry.”

If only those words were true. If they were, the US would immediately end the $3,000,000,000 in annual military aid to Israel that is spent on bombs, bullets and bulldozers that are used to slaughter and terrorize the Palestinian people and destroy their homes, their farms, their businesses, their families– their very lives.

Washington and Wall Street would also stop supporting brutal dictators and other human rights violators around the globe, from the Bahraini Sunni monarchs who torture, murder and terrorize their Shiite compatriots to the Turkish government which represses and discriminates against its Kurdish minority, to countless other corners of the world where “racial discrimination, xenophobia, intolerance and bigotry” are not only tolerated  by the United States, but also funded with American taxpayers’ dollars.

Places like Indonesia. And Saudi Arabia. And Arizona.

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