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Friday, 24 April 2009

durban 2 - again

From the Jewish Voice for Peace group, MuzzleWatch, in Durban, talking with Palestinian lawyer, Usama Halabi:
"The Palestinian delegation made a big sacrifice for this conference. They omitted every single reference to our case, because other countries were opposed to that. There’s no language accusing anybody of anything. So me, I don’t understood what’s going on."
And pro-occupation Israelis and Americans absolutely did not boycott Durban except in an official sense, and their voice is being heard very loudly, which is what Halabi is referring to. Who made a mockery of this conference, and whose intention was it to make it a mockery? Of course, the outcome of this is that not only is the Palestinian voice not heard, but neither are any of the voices of the other 193(?) countries in the world.

The reporter also has a later post which is interesting. The last paragraph, reflecting her views, says:
Me, I am scared for Israel. For so many reasons. Sometimes I’m terrified- which is why I think the only way to be pro-Israel (and yes, we work with so many phenomenal Israeli justice activists who love their country and work against every last shred of discrimination, repression or inequality both in and outside of its boundaries)…the only way to be pro-Israel is to be anti-occupation. Israel simply must end this occupation now. That of course is the terrible heartbreak about what I’m seeing here today: The American Jewish Congress, Eye on the UN and other groups are not just fueling anti-Semitism by overplaying their hand, they are helping push Israel down a path from which it may never return.

Right now, that concerns me much more than the singling out of Israel in the UN. If Anne Bayefsky, UN Watch et al want to stop the phenomenon, they might try using their resources to pressure Israel to end their occupation

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