Zvika Krieger, who’s part of the AJC ACCESS delegation here in Geneva, opines at TNR that the Durban Review Conference has actually been a relative non-event.
The conference is ongoing, but, with the conference declaration passed and the drama of walkouts subsided, there is a definite sense of anti-climax.
Categories: Reports from Geneva
Tags: Ahmadinejad, Durban, European Union of Jewish Students, United Nations
Being a head of state has its privileges. One is the ability to commandeer a global podium and say whatever you want.
If you’re an NGO, not so much. The European Union of Jewish Students, and perhaps other Jewish student groups, have lost their accreditation to the Durban Review Conference for standing up to Ahmadinejad in the corridors of the Palais des Nations yesterday. (The now-famous clowns who protested in the assembly hall were actually from the French Union of Jewish Students, but that distinction seems to have been lost on the conference secretariat.)
Signs, placards, and costumes are apparently against UN rules. Of course, so is calling for the eradication of another member state, but no one seems particularly eager to enforce that one.
Categories: Breaking News, Government Positions
Tags: Common foreign policy, Czech Republic, EU Presidency, European Union
The Czech Republic, having seen Ahmadinejad take the floor yesterday, has had enough of the Durban Review Conference.
This is significant, at the Czech Republic holds the EU Presidency, and had previously suggested it would therefore continue to participate as long as other European countries did. This is a rare and total splintering of the European consensus at the UN, especially in Geneva. Five member states, including the Presidency, have left their counterparts behind.
Here’s the moment that dozens of delegates walked out of Ahmadinejad’s speech. Note the wild cheering as well.
Categories: Breaking News, Commentaries, Reports from Geneva
Tags: Durban, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, protests
The bad news:
- Ahmadinejad still thinks that Israel shouldn’t exist, and that the world should urgently act to eradicate it. These views led at least a handful of delegates to applaud.
- He was allowed to speak first at the general debate — “to accomodate the schedules of visiting dignitaries,” wink, wink — making him into a keynoter of sorts.
The good news: