With a conference to condemn Israel. You couldn’t make this up, honestly.
Hitler was born on 20th April 1889. 20th April 2009 is the first day of Durban II, the second United Nations World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance.
Except of course it isn’t against any of those things. It’s just against Israel. And perhaps the US.
There is one country in the Middle East where people of any race and religion have full rights of citizenship. There is one country in the Middle East where human rights are guaranteed, where there is an independent judiciary, open press and freedom of speech. One country where men and women are equal under the law. One country with fully democratic government. That same country has a consistent record of accepting refugees, and delivering emergency and humanitarian aid around the world.
Of course, that is the only country in the world ever to have been condemned by the United Nations Human Rights Council – on average once every two months since the UNHRC was established in 2006. The UNHRC once expressed some concern about Burma, but that’s it. No other country in the world – not Sudan, not Zimbabwe, not North Korea or Iran, has been considered worthy of attention.
Likewise, the only country condemned at Durban I was Israel. Some media opinions and comment at the time.
The US had already said it would not send delegates if Durban II were to be a repeat of Durban I. Austalia is dithering.
Diplomats yesterday reached agreement on the text of Durban II’s declaration. In an effort to encourage the US, and any fence-sitters like Australia to attend, the text does not ake any specific mention of Israel or Zionism. But it ratifies the statements issued at Durban I.
I am glad Barack Obama’s administration has stood firm on this so far.
In addition, an ‘Israel Review Conference’ is being held in Geneva, starting two days before Hitler’s birthday, so people who want to review Israel can then travel straight across the road for the main celebration.
I’m sure Hitler would be delighted.
Further reading and resources on Zionism, anti-semitism, the UN and Durban.