Roll up! Roll up! Time for the UN to stage its third Durban circus, an Israel-bashing exercise masquerading as a conference against racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance. The conference begins in earnest today – when President Ahmadinejad of Iran addresses the chamber – and is expected to serve as a platform for the very racism and intolerance it purports to condemn.
To their credit, 14 countries have withdrawn from Durban lll, but that leaves 178 who haven’t. So we have the absurd spectacle of the world’s worst human rights abusers condemning the only beacon of pluralism and tolerance in the Middle East – Israel. It would be a joke – if it were not so tragic.
This year, however, Jewish activists are not sitting back and letting the UN get away with its hatefest. Yesterday they organised a protest at Dag Hammerskold Plaza in front of the UN building in New York. The demonstration included a contingent of Jewish refugees from Arab countries (see picture above).
On Sunday 25 September in London, a rally in Trafalgar Square organised by Harif,among other Jewish organisations, will draw attention to the plight of 900,000 genuine Jewish refugees from Arab countries. Jewish refugees from Arab and Muslim lands and their descendants make up 50 percent of Israel’s Jewish population.
The organisers have invited representatives of other oppressed religious and ethnic minorities from Arab lands and the wider Muslim world to attend – Christians, Mandaeans, Copts, Pakistani Christians, Zoroastrians and Baha’is, Muslim sects such as the Sufis and Ahmadis, together with Assyrians, Kurds and Berbers, whose cultural, linguistic and national rights have been suppressed.
If you agree that the real problem in the Arab and Muslim world is Arabist racism and Islamist religious fascism, please come and show your support at the North Terrace, Trafalgar Square, Central London, on Sunday 25th September at 3pm.