To the confection of woe and chagrin that will surely be ours early in 2009, the UN conference known as “Durban II” will apply a particularly cloying icing. The original Durban conference — which occurred back in 2001 just before the terrorist attacks of September 11th — was an unprecedented hate-fest directed at Jews and the State of Israel.
Durban II, which will be held in Geneva next April, is shaping up to be the same as Durban I, only more so. The conference agenda — which was basically written by the OIC — is blatantly anti-Semitic, and vigorously attacks freedom of speech under the guise of fighting “Islamophobia”. The farce has gotten so out of control that Denmark is threatening to boycott it, and other Western nations may follow suit.
Europe News has an excellent collection of videos that show the illiberal UN functionaries busy at their work of demonizing Israel and shutting down all criticism of Islam. The non-Muslim world is too inattentive and divided, and the OIC too tightly-focused and united, to prevent this farrago from going forward.
Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam — Diverges from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in key respects
Universal Human Rights and “Human Rights in Islam”
Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Islamic Law vs Human Rights
UN Human Rights Council banned Discussion of religious questions
Petition for defence of individual rights at the UN Human Rights Council
Creeping Dhimmitude at the United Nations
The UN must not give in to Islamic criticism
1948, Israel, and the Palestinians — The True Story
The Hamas Charter — The Covenant of the Hamas 1988
New translation of Hamas charter contains anti-Semitism
Arab anti-Semitism is strategic threat, says study
Islam’s Jew-Hating Hadith Matter Today
And a petition urging the boycott of Durban II has been organized by French academics:
Nearly seven years ago, the “UN World Conference against Racism” took place in Durban (South Africa). This event mutated into an outright tribunal against Israel and its right to exist and into an apologia for unfree states and dictatorships. The UN is now planning to organize a “Durban Review Conference” in April 2009 in Geneva. French novelist and essayist Pascal Bruckner has recently called to boycott it.
We, the undersigned — journalists, writers, scientists and artists — join Bruckner’s appeal. We call the states of the European Union, and especially Germany, to boycott the “Durban 2” conference and to push forward a comprehensive reform of the United Nation’s Human Rights Council.
During the recent G-20 conference, George W. Bush ceded America’s economic sovereignty to international institutions, particularly the EU. The Obama administration is expected to surrender control of our foreign policy to the UN.
If the United States goes along with the charade in Geneva, the last vestiges of our civil liberties will disappear, under the guise of “fighting racism”.
1787 — 2009