Vol: 120 Issue: 23 Friday, September 23, 2011
A decade ago, the United Nations sponsored what was billed as a “World Conference Against Racism” that at first, people thought was convened to combat racism, xenophobia and intolerance. Instead, the Durban Conference was convened to advance racism, promote xenophobia and push intolerance.
In 2001, the targets were Israel and “Western Imperialism” but primarily, it was against Israel. Forty countries walked out of the conference, but that meant one hundred and sixty countries remained to party. And what a party it was!
UN Secretary General Kofi Annan gave lip service to Jewish suffering during the Holocaust, not in homage to the millions murdered, but as a prop for his real message:
“We cannot expect Palestinians to accept this as a reason why the wrongs done to them, displacement, occupation, blockade and now extra-judicial killings, should be ignored, whatever label one uses to describe them.”
None of the actual issues of racism or intolerance were actually addressed at Durban. Nobody mentioned the genocidal efforts of the Islamic government of Sudan.
But the conference ran a full day over its scheduled end so it could pass a resolution demanding Israel grant the “Palestinian Right of Return” that would ensure Israel’s demographic destruction.
In the end, the conference considered a resolution that attempt to equate the Holocaust with Israel’s alleged “ethnic cleansing of the Arab population” such as the following paragraphs from the original draft:
29. All States must acknowledge the suffering caused by lack of respect for the equality of human beings manifested through wars, genocide, holocaust, apartheid, ethnic cleansing and other atrocities. All States must reject/prevent and punish ethnic and religious cleansing and genocide in all regions of the world and work together to prevent their recurrence. The (holocausts/Holocaust) and the ethnic cleansing of the Arab population in historic Palestine…must never be forgotten;]
62. We are convinced that combating anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and [Zionist practices against Semitism] is integral and intrinsic to opposing all forms of racism, stresses the necessity of effective measures to address the issue of anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and [Zionist practices against Semitism] today in order to counter all manifestations of these phenomena.
The Durban Conference on Racism went so well for the Arab side that they clamored for another, also held in Durban in 2009, presumbably because America had just elected a president named Barack Hussein Obama.
At that 2009 conference, Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad got a standing ovation when he accused Israel of committing genocide against the Palestinians and repeated the anti-Jewish libel equating Zionism with racism.
Sidebar: This is an excellent place to make the observation that just outside the city of Bethlehem is a checkpoint and at that checkpoint is a sign that says, “No Jews Beyond This Point.”
Just imagine the global outcry at a sign in, say, Johannesburg, proclaiming, “No blacks beyond this point.” Or a similar sign posted somewhere in America. One cannot even imagine a sign inside Israel stating, “No Arabs beyond this point.”
The world supports the Palestinian’s right to exclude Jews from its claimed ‘homeland’ but goes ballistic at Israel’s effort to exclude terrorists from theirs.
There is no place in Israel where Israeli-Arabs cannot go. And the only people in Israel favoring ethnic cleansing are the Arabs who demand a Palestinian state ethnically cleansed of Jews.
One could not imagine such things could be possible in the 21st century — even as we witnessed it taking place.
The Islamic obsession with Israel’s destruction is viewed with some kind of detached sense of tolerance — we pay lip service to how much we abhor it, etc., etc., but with a shrug of the shoulders in acknowledgment that “that is what they do.”
On the other hand, Israel is held to a standard that not even the United States could meet. Suppose that Mexican separatists started lobbing rockets into civilian markets and schools in US border states.
How long do you think we’d listen to UN demands for ‘tolerance’?
A decade after UN Secretary General Kofi Annan accused Israel of ethnic cleansing, extra-judicial killings, illegal occupation and imposing an illegal blockade, current UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon opened Durban III with a plea to the Arab governments not to abuse the conference, without going into specifics.
“We are all aware that the original Durban conference and its follow-up two years ago caused immense controversy. We should condemn anyone who uses this platform to subvert that effort with inflammatory rhetoric, baseless assertions and hateful speech. Our common commitment must be to focus on the real problems of racism and intolerance”.
Notice that the current UN chief did NOT mention Israel by name as the victim of the racist assaults. The UN only mentions Israel by name when it is issuing condemnations against the Jewish State.
According to UN Watch in Geneva, the Human Rights Council has adopted, since its founding in 2006, about 70 resolutions condemning specific countries – 40 of which have been against Israel.
In the General Assembly, about 20 anti-Israel resolutions are adopted each year, as opposed to just five or six against other countries.
So his speech was not any sort of defense of Israel – it was an effort by Moon to prevent the UN from embarrassing itself.
British Foreign Secretary William Hague said in a statement this month;
“The Durban conference and the anti-Semitic atmosphere in which it was held was a particularly unpleasant and divisive chapter in the U.N.’s history. It is not an event that should be celebrated.”
The White House said the United States had not taken part in the event because “since its inception… the Durban process has included ugly displays of intolerance and anti-Semitism.”
“We remain fully and firmly committed to upholding the human rights of all people and to combating racial discrimination, xenophobia, intolerance, anti-Semitism and bigotry,” the statement said.
This year, fourteen countries are boycotting the event entirely. The usual suspects, like Iran, Cuba, Lebanon, etc., were there, Israel-bashing sticks in hand, but they were preaching to the choir.
The US, Israel, and a number of western Europeans stayed home or organized a counter demonstration. But if fourteen nations boycotted the conference entirely, then that means that 179 countries showed up.
The global hatred of Israel is astonishing and inexplicable in any natural sense. Israel is hands-down the most Westernized and free democracy in the Middle East. It is the most productive state in the Middle East.
Most of Europe’s citrus imports come from Israel, the land Ezekiel described as “which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them.’ (38:8)
The Jews of Israel consist of native-born citizens of almost every country in the world, including the United States of America. They have more in common with the West than any other state in the Middle East.
By contrast, the Islamic Middle East hates the West with a religious fervor. Everything about us is an offense to the Religion of Perpetual Anger. The only people they hate worse than the Jews are the Americans, the Europeans — and each other.
Israel is hated by the whole world, but not without a cause. David knew why three thousand years ago. The same reason applies today:
“Because for Thy sake I have borne reproach; shame hath covered my face.” [Psalms 69:7]
So what can we take away from this week’s UN events? The world denies the existence of God openly; but its every action confirms the opposite. Nobody fights against a non-existent enemy. If God wasn’t real, the battle wouldn’t be real, either.
The god of this world has no doubt of the reality of the God of the Universe. He has met Him.
The restoration of Israel is more than just a thorn in the enemy’s side. The Bible says that the restoration of Israel to her ancestral homeland would begin a one-generation countdown to Satan’s Waterloo at the Second Coming of Christ.
“Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.” (Revelation 12:12)
Durban III is just another in a series of last-ditch efforts by the enemy to forestall the inevitable. While he doesn’t know the future, Satan can read.
And he knows his hourglass is almost out of sand.