Fears over new UN conference

Fears over new UN conference
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Israel was described as a “racist and apartheid state” during a heated United Nations meeting in Durban between non governmental organisations in 2001, and activists fear that a United Nations Committee meeting on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People will only promote hate.

It is scheduled to be held at the Espace Leopold buildings of the European Parliament in Brussels on August 30.

Serge Cwajgenbaum. The European Jewish Congress Secretary General told TJ: “It is absolutely shocking that such a meeting is talking place in the premises of the European Parliament. We fear a repetition of what was organised before the Durban conference and the same result.”

“We are approaching a number of governments and friends to explain that such a mreting is counter productive and can only create hate.”

Israel’s Foreign Ministry is reportedly consulting with diplomats to get the meeting cancelled, spokesperson Mark Regev told TJ: “It is a very negative committee which has hardly any support. It is only interested in old fashioned Israel bashing and doesn’t help peace.”

Israel’s envoy to the European Union Ran Curiel has reportedly written to European Parliament president Hans-Gert Poettering asking him to stop the planned conference from taking place.

The committee is chaired by Senegal and has 22 members and 26 observers. Only two, Cyprus and Malta, are EU members.

The 2001 United Nations conference on racism in Durban produced a one sided resolution which prompted Israeli and American officials to storm out. It condemned the “Israeli apartheid state and its perpetration of racist crimes against humanity including ethnic cleansing, acts of genocide” and called for “ a policy of complete and total isolation of Israel as an apartheid state…the imposition of mandatory and comprehensive sanctions and embargoes, the full cessation of all links (diplomatic, economic, social, aid, military cooperation and training) between all states and Israel.”

Meanwhile computer hackers staged a “cyberprotest” on The United Nations official website this week, accusing the US and Israel of Killing children.
Hackers broke into the site and posted anti-Israel and anti-US messages.
The statements, placed alongside announcements by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, said: “Hey Ysrail (sic) and Usa (sic) don’t kill children and other people Peace for ever No war.”

The site was later taken down and fixed by UN staff

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