Archive for the ‘AJC on Durban II’ category

Dominos Keep Falling: Poland, New Zealand Out

April 20, 2009

Two more countries have withdrawn from the Durban Review Conference — Poland and New Zealand. Report on Poland is here from Le Figaro (in French).

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Nations of Good Will Must Turn their Backs

April 19, 2009

The author of these words will be addressing the Durban Review Conference tomorrow:

“Zionists have dominated the main media and monetary centers of the world to plunder nations by threats, smearing campaign and psychological war.Today the behavior of U.S. officials and Europe’s parties and governments are dominated by Zionists. They have monetary and financial systems of the world and have kept nations in poverty and direct their money and fortune to their pockets.”

Yep, it’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, helpfully parsing the main themes of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion.

Enabling this racist to appropriate an anti-racist forum is perhaps the ultimate farce. Which is why AJC today reiterated its call for all “nations of good will” to withdraw entirely from the conference; those states who do attend are urged to instruct their representatives to leave the hall when Ahmadinejad delivers his rant. Read the full statement here.

The US, Australia, The Netherlands: Farewell Durban Review

April 19, 2009

It’s been a momentous twenty-four hours. The US announced it was pulling out the Durban Review Conference, swiftly followed by The Netherlands and Australia.

 “We applaud the principled stance of the United States,” said AJC Executive Director David A. Harris of the US statement. “The Obama Administration correctly concluded that the reaffirmation of the 2001 Durban Declaration in the final declaration effectively singles out Israel for condemnation. That is an outrage.” Read AJC’s statement in full here. 

“We know that this choice was difficult, given the Australian government’s deep commitment to racial equality,” said Harris of the Australian decision. “It’s still more proof that the UN’s relentless obsession with one country obstructs the real struggle for justice and human rights.” More here.

 In a letter to Dutch Foreign Minister Maxime Verhagen, AJC wrote:  “Throughout the Durban preparatory process, you have been steadfast in your view that the Netherlands will not accept the unjustified singling out of any country, and will not allow democratic values to be trampled upon in service of a particular political agenda. Today, you courageously acted upon these commitments.” Read the full letter here.

Fighting the Ban on “Defamation of Religions”

March 25, 2009

Reuters reports on a campaign underway in Geneva, in which AJC’s UN Watch is centrally involved, to combat efforts to ban the “defamation of religions” at the Human Rights Council, and in the Durban process.

AJC Op-Ed: “Straight Talk on Durban”

March 23, 2009

Check out this JTA op-ed by Felice Gaer, director of AJC’s Jacob Blaustein Institute for the Advancement of Human Rights. Credit the United States for “significant progress,” she says, but there’s still a long way to go before a genuine effort to fight racism is fully realized.

Red Lines Still Crossed

March 18, 2009

The revised draft outcome document has no references to Israel or to the “defamation of religions.” But some countries’ conditions for participating in Durban II still aren’t satisfied — the Dutch, for instance, demand that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation be condemned, and the U.S. doesn’t want a full reaffirmation of the 2001 Durban Declaration, which accused Israel of racist practices.

So says Hillel Neuer, Director of AJC’s UN Watch, in this AP report on the new draft.

David Harris’ blog: Durban Diplomacy, Durban Delirium

March 16, 2009

AJC Executive Director takes on critics and argues for a realistic, diplomacy-driven approach to Durban II on his Jerusalem Post “In the Trenches” blog.

Read it.