Libya Elected Chair- Cuba Vice-Chair of UN Racism Committee
Let the Bashing Begin!
The UN Preparatory Committee Meeting for the planning of the 2009 UN anti-racism conference kicked off today.
Here is a photo from the last UN anti-racism conference held in Durban South Africa in September 2001:
The Arab Lawyer’s Booth complete with anti-Semitic cartoons. (EYE on the UN)
Here is a closer look at one of the cartoons posted at the Arab Lawyer’s booth. (EYE on the UN)
** More photos from the shocking 2001 UN World Conference Against Racism, in Durban, South Africa HERE.
Anne Bayefsky, Editor of EYEontheUN sends the latest developments from what is already shaping up to be one of the most outrageous UN events of all time.
The Durban Conference Preperatory Committee extravaganza (of brutal regimes) kicked off their meetings today and immediately began bashing the US and Israel:
The UN today launched its latest anti-Jewish and anti-American extravaganza – Durban II. This was Day 1 of the Preparatory Committee Meeting for the planning of a 2009 UN anti-racism conference intended to implement the infamous anti-racism conference held in Durban, South Africa in 2001.
The representative of Libya, Najat Al-Hajjaji, as widely expected, was declared the Chairperson of the PrepCom. To add to the spectacle of a Libyan Chair of a human rights meeting, Cuba was acclaimed as a Vice-Chair and the PrepCom’s Rapporteur. Iran and Pakistan were among the members then elected to serve on the organizing committee’s inner circle, the Bureau – of an “anti-racism” conference.
Following these states’ successful campaign to assume leadership positions that will allow them to engineer the proceedings from here on, the steady drum-beat of anti-American and anti-Jewish propaganda war began – courtesy of the United Nations.
The Libyan Chairperson used her platform and opening remarks to focus on the response to 9-11 as giving rise to “increased intolerance” and objected to the war on terrorism being used as “a pretext by some states.”
Egypt on behalf of the African Union lost no time in introducing “the Israeli occupation of Palestine” onto the agenda of Durban II, while lambasting the Danish cartoons as “incitement to racism” “which deeply hurt over a billion Muslims” and denouncing “the defamation of religion.” (The UN’s “defamation of religion” resolutions are notorious for making mention only of Islam.)
Cuba on behalf of the so-called “Non Aligned Movement” took immediate aim at the war on terrorism as a racist exercise: “the passing of anti-terrorist legislation that provide broad spaces to arbitrariness and the exercise of public authority on discriminatory and xenophobic basis, continue to be a matter of our concern.”
Pakistan, on behalf of the Organization of the Islamic Conference proclaimed Muslims to be the central victim of racism today, with Israel as the appropriate focal point for Durban II. “The defamation of Islam and discrimination against Muslims represent the most conspicuous demonstration of contemporary racism and intolerance…It is regrettable that the world media has allowed defamation and blasphemy in this form… The conference should move the spotlight on the continued plight of the Palestinian People and non-recognition of their inalienable right to self-determination.”
Bangladesh decried the protection for “freedom of expression to the detriment of other freedoms, like religion,” and objected to “Muslims portrayed in violence and terrorism in political discourse and media,” and the “upsurge in Islamophobia in recent years.”
And this was only the opening morning of the first preparatory session. The original vision of the United Nations was “the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small” – a far cry from the pretense of equality championed by the UN of the 21st century.
What a pathetic sham.