Israel to boycott UN conference on human rights and racism

Pro-Palestinian protestors marching through Durban during a UN conference on racism in 2001. (AP)

“Hear the word of the LORD, O ye nations, and declare it in the isles afar off, and say, He that scattered Israel will gather him, and keep him, as a shepherd doth his flock. For the LORD hath redeemed Jacob, and ransomed him from the hand of him that was stronger than he.”
—Jeremiah 31:10-11

“Fear thou not, O Jacob my servant, saith the LORD: for I am with thee; for I will make a full end of all the nations whither I have driven thee: but I will not make a full end of thee, but correct thee in measure; yet will I not leave thee wholly unpunished.”
—Eze 34:28

srael will boycott the United Nations “Durban II” conference on human rights, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni announced Sunday in Jerusalem at the annual meeting of the Global Forum for Combating Anti-Semitism.

The decision followed an assessment by the Foreign Ministry, and other Western governments, that it will be impossible to prevent the conference from turning into a festival of anti-Israeli attacks.

South Africa hosted the first Durban conference in the summer of 2001 under the auspices of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. It was titled “The World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance,” but most of the discussions revolved around Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians.

The United States and Israel responded by lowering the level of their diplomatic representation and eventually quit the conference, which culminated in a resolution equating Zionism and racism.

That conference also provided a framework for a global convention of non-governmental organizations, which became a platform for delegitimizing Israel.

For the past few months, a coalition of Israeli and global Jewish organizations, together with government representatives, tried to prepare a joint policy for the follow-up conference, which is scheduled to take place in early 2009 at a still undecided venue. Among other things, there were talks with the foreign ministries of other countries and pressure on NGOs to guarantee that no anti-Semitic resolutions would be passed.

However, it became clear there is little chance of effecting a change, among other reasons because the UN Human Rights Commission is chaired by Libya.

Livni said Sunday that Israel had intended to try and influence the discussion “from within,” by taking an active role in international forums “and cooperating with those leaders and countries that don’t have a hidden agenda, and who truly want to promote human rights. But that policy is sometimes misinterpreted, and there are mistakes one must not repeat. Therefore I wish to make clear that Israel will not participate and will not grant legitimacy to the UN conference on racism unless there is proof that the conference will not become a platform for more anti-Israeli and anti-Semitic activity.”

Livni called on the international community to boycott the conference, or else risk “legitimizing hatred, extremism and anti-Semitism under the guise of combating racism.”

  1. Ruth, 28 February, 2008

    Canada, at least at this point in time is not participating in that conference either. Praise the LORD!
    As a true believer in Jesus Christ from Canada, I take exception to those who do participate, and I do take exception to the likes of Warren and others leading folks down the dark path to Roman Catholicism, which I am sure the vatican plays a major part behind the scenes in that particular conference.

  2. jen-o, 29 February, 2008

    the UN human rights commission is chaired by libya??

  3. Margaret, 29 February, 2008

    To Ruth I say AMEN – believer from London – even so, come Lord Jesus.

  4. Ruth, 01 March, 2008

    Well Margaret, being raised RCC, the LORD had to do a lot of theological straightening out from HIS Word, and that He did, and the first thing to go was transubstantiation, and the second thing to go was “queen of heaven, or lady of kingdoms” and the next to go was confession to a priest, and after that all the other so-called sacraments.

    Ya see Jesus shed His blood once for all, and there is no sacrament that can take away sin, there was only ONE SACRIFICE that could do that, and “JESUS PAID IT ALL, ALL TO HIM I OWE, SIN HAD LEFT A CRIMSON STAIN, HE WASHED IT WHITE AS SNOW.”

    please note the differences in spelling when it come to RCC and what the Bible actually teaches, concerning sacrifice and sacrament.

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