Friday, February 27, 2009

Boycott Anti-Semitic Durban II Conference

From Women in Green:

Dear Friends,

Below please find an important action alert from UCI, Unity Coalition for Israel.
Please participate and forward.

Shabbat Shalom,

Nadia Matar Women in Green


URGENT ACTION ALERT - U.S. Must Boycott Anti-Semitic Durban II Conference


Last week the Obama administration announced that the US was joining the planning sessions for the next Durban II UN Conference on Racism. Since the U.S. will not be allowed to change the objective of the Durban II conference, participation in this conference in any way simply reinforces and validates its Anti-Semitic principles including the identification of Israel as an example of totalitarian rule and injustice.

The U.S. should not participate in this Israel hate-fest. We cannot remain silent! Please read the sample letter and modify it as you see fit. This Urgent Action Alert will automatically be sent to President Obama, Vice President Biden, Secretary of State Clinton and the Jewish Desk at the White House.


President Obama, Vice President Biden and Secretary of State Clinton,

I appeal to you to end United States participation in the racist Durban II UN conference scheduled for April.

Last week your administration announced that the US was joining the planning sessions for the next Durban II UN Conference on Racism. Libya, Iran and Cuba, the countries planning Durban II, have made it clear that U.S. participation cannot change the objective of Durban II, which is "to foster the implementation of the Durban Declaration and Program of Action" in Durban I. Those countries represented in the UN Security Council and pointing a finger at Israel are some of the world's prime examples of totalitarian rule and injustice.

The United States presence in the face of the prejudiced anti-Israel agenda reinforcing Durbin I will be discouraging to all freedom loving nations. It will legitimize words of hate toward Israel that will be translated into Action by the discredited and highly controversial conference.

US involvement undermines other democracies (France, England, the Netherlands, and Italy) that were considering a boycott and it betrays Canada, who has already declared its intention to boycott the conference. Without U.S. cover, they face retribution from the participating Israel-haters. And it will lead those countries involved and the rest of the world to believe that the US subscribes to the blatant discriminatory message being disseminated by the United Nations.

Mr. President, Mr. Vice President and Secretary of State , you should instead follow the example of Secretary of State Colin Powell who in 2001 led the walkout at the United Nations` anti-Semitic Durban I conference. He said: "You do not combat racism by conferences that produce declarations containing hateful language, some of which is a throwback to the days of `Zionism equals racism;` or supports the idea that we have made too much of the Holocaust; or suggests that apartheid exists in Israel; or that singles out only one country in the world - Israel - for censure and abuse."

This second Durbin conference will be worse than its predecessor that was a stage for anti-Semitism and vitriolic condemnation of Israel and Israel alone. No other country was chastised for acts of racism, not even Darfur, where the genocide continues. Israel was the only country criticized and the criticism included even its right to exist as a Jewish nation. Worse yet we have just learned that the U.S. delegation to the planning sessions has remained silent as additional anti-Israel language has been added to the planning document.

I implore you to repudiate Durban II by withdrawing US representation. Surely the US and our president should be leading the world by providing a strong response against open anti-Semitism. This could very well provide a defining moment for the future reputation of your new administration on the world stage. Please express the opinion of millions of Americans that we will not join this travesty.


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