Monday, April 20, 2009

The UN racism conference and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

The Netherlands is among 10 other countries which will not be sending a representative to the United Nations' conference on racism, which opened earlier today in Switzerland. One of the reasons is that the Dutch Foreign ministry believes the meeting will be used to place religion above human rights. And that it would not participate "into a propaganda circus" for attacks on the West in general and Israel in particular by countries who’s ‘human rights records are not acceptable, read: Iran, Libya and Saudi Arabia. I don’t think this it’s wise to stay away, you better monitor what’s happening, or not happening.

The growing list of countries which have said they will stay away from the conference are Canada, Australia, Sweden, Poland, New Zealand, Italy, the USA and Israel .
The White House announced that the United States would not be attending, due to what it referred to as "objectionable" language in the draft declaration. Canada and Israel had already announced they would not attend the five-day Durban Review Conference although major changes were been made in the draft statement. Britain has said it will be sending only a low-level delegation, as has the French with the reservation that when ant-Semitist language will be used they will walk out.

The previous anti-racism summit, held in Durban in South Africa in 2001, was overshadowed by criticism from Islamic countries of Israel's continuing occupation of the Palestinian territories. But the biggest problem is the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who has repeatedly referred to the Holocaust as a "myth" and called for Israel to be "wiped off the map", and just delivered a speech today which also happens to be the Holocaust Remembrance Day. And his intolerance against women, gays and lesbians, other religions (Bahai, Christian, Jews etc.) will damage this conference its creditability for making him the a ‘Guest of Honor’…

UPDATE: and yes, Ahmadinejad used the time for a blatant hate speech against Jewish people; the who world is suffering 'because the Zionist', which is a political movement not a race....obvious he doesn't know that. fini.

Day Opening - April 20

Indefinite Divisibility 1942 (110 Kb); Oil on canvas, by Yves Tanguy