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Old 02-16-2009, 04:06 PM   #1
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Here is a change that the new Administration is going to make:

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1064416.html

U.S. to participate in preparations for Durban II meeting

By Barak Ravid

Tags: israel news

The United States is planning to send a delegation to the preparatory session of the Durban II Conference, in spite of strong Israeli pressure to abstain because of concerns that the meeting, which deals with racism, will be used as a forum for scathing and anti-Semitic attacks on Israel.

The decision of the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama to participate in the planning of the conference -- organized by the Human Rights Council, a United Nations body based in Geneva -- is the first signal of a change from the Bush administration's policy of boycotting the conference.

State Department officials said that participation in preparing the conference does not necessarily mean the U.S. will in the end participate in Durban II, the second UN-sponsored international conference against racism.
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The conference will take place in April, and several countries, including Israel, have already said they would boycott the meeting.

A statement released by the State Department said the American delegation would review the "current direction of conference preparations and whether U.S. participation in the conference itself is warranted.

"This will be the first opportunity the [Obama] administration has had to engage in the negotiations for the Durban Review, and -- in line with our commitment to diplomacy -- the U.S. has decided to send a delegation to engage in the negotiations on the text of the conference document," the department said.

The State Department stressed that, "The intent of our participation is to work to try to change the direction in which the review conference is heading. We hope to work with other countries that want the Conference to responsibly and productively address racism around the world."

A political source in Jerusalem said Israel would continue its efforts to convince the U.S. not to participate in the conference, but still expressed pessimism, saying the State Department's emphasis on attending the planning meetings is an indication that "the United States will participate in April in the World Conference Against Racism itself."

There are concerns in Jerusalem that the efforts of the 2001 conference to equate Zionism with racism will resurface. At the time, the U.S. and Israel walked out of the conference in protest.
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Old 02-16-2009, 04:41 PM   #2
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Shouldn't it be called the "Turban Conference"?

Hey - I'm all for ending racism across the planet, but it isn't going to happen in our lifetime. A hates B, B hates C, C hates A and the cycle never ends.

I'm going to sit back and watch the fireworks on this one.
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Old 02-16-2009, 04:48 PM   #3
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Well, I'm sure the Israelis are concerned that these talks about ending "racism" mean end "race", as in the Israeli race.
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Old 02-16-2009, 07:47 PM   #4
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The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is organizing a series of events to be held during the Durban Review Conference that will highlight the issues being discussed at the conference itself. The Durban Review Conference will be held in Geneva in April and will assess progress made on the measures adopted at the 2001 World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, which was held in Durban, South Africa.

Maybe they will work to end the Racism and Hatred spewing out of Saudi Arabia. Or maybe they'll work to allow Women to work in Saudi Arabia, or for women in Iran to chose who they date and marry. Or maybe they'll work to end Honor Killings in the Islamic Regions of the World.

http://middleeast.about.com/od/saudi.../me081128a.htm

http://women4peace.org/women-rights.html

http://www.gendercide.org/case_honour.html

But I'm guessing...that's not the idea behind this Durban II Conference.
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Shouldn't it be called the "Turban Conference"?

Hey - I'm all for ending racism across the planet, but it isn't going to happen in our lifetime. A hates B, B hates C, C hates A and the cycle never ends.

I'm going to sit back and watch the fireworks on this one.
It probably won't happen until my grand kids are dead.
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oh noez! we are doomed!!!!

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They have been fighting since Jesus was around. It aint gonna stop. Sorry thats too much bulit up anger.
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They have been fighting since Jesus was around. It aint gonna stop. Sorry thats too much bulit up anger.
Technically, Mankind as a whole has been fighting since we stood upright and formed clans.

The problem I see with Durban II is that its nothing more than a way for 56 islamic nations to get together, outside the actually floor of the UN and declare that Israel is Illegal and that they practice "genocide" while at the same time ignoring the flaws and murder and regime violence that takes place in each of there own Nations. The most sound of any Islamic State is Turkey, and even they have their issues, but the others, Syria, Egypt, Lybia, Sudan, Somalia, Saudi Arabia, Iran, have ZERO business telling ANYONE that they are in the wrong about a single thing. All of those nations are a mess and cesspool of Tyrannical Violance and Totalitarian Oppression.
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Obama is no fan of Israel. Israel is our closest and most stable ally in the middle of the least stable and most dangerous part of the World.

A significant move away from our allies could have serious long-term consequences. I hope this isn't the beginning of a really reckless foreign policy change for the US.
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http://www.weeklystandard.com/weblog...sored_by_b.asp

Not seen as a good move by our only Ally over there.
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