Dur­ban III: the facts

The Jewish Chronicle - - News - BEN­JAMIN WEINTHAL Ben­jam­in­weinthal­isafel­lowatthe Foun­da­tion­forde­fence­ofdemoc­ra­cies

BRI­TAIN, GER­MANY and France are among EU coun­tries so far par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Dur­ban III an­tiracism con­fer­ence in New York.

The main po­lit­i­cal dec­la­ra­tion from Dur­ban I, which formed the ba­sis for Dur­ban II in Geneva in 2009, tar­gets only Is­rael as a hu­man rights vi­o­la­tor and lists the Pales­tini­ans as racism vic­tims. It pro­duced a tsunami of Jew-ha­tred, as scores of South African Mus­lims held ban­ners say­ing “Hitler should have fin­ished the job”.

Canada was the first West­ern coun­try to pull out of both Dur­ban II and III. The United States, Is­rael, the Nether­lands, Italy and the Czechs are also staying away. Ja­son Ken­ney, Cana­dian Min­is­ter of Im­mi­gra­tion said that the UN should re­alise that the poi­son at Dur­ban I has “placed the en­tire process un­der a per­ma­nent cloud”.

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