It always sounds bad, prima facie, when you refuse to go to a conference called “World Conference on Racism” – who doesn’t want to help get rid of racism? – but when it’s Durban II it becomes much more forgiveable if not mandatory. The US pulled out of Durban II (following Canada, the UK and others in Western Europe, as well as, shocker, Israel!) after much objection to the text. From Politico:

White House aides told Jewish leaders on a conference call today that the United States will boycott the United Nations’ World Conference on Racism over hostility to Israel in draft documents prepared for the April conference.

The aides, including an advisor to U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, Jennifer Simon, and longtime Obama advisor Samantha Power, said the administration will not participate in further negotiations on the current text or participate in a conference based on the text, sources on the call said.

They left open the option of re-engaging on a “much shorter, much different text,” a source said.

The draft outcome document, typically negotiated in advance and available here (.pdf), contains sharp and specific criticism of Israel for its treatment of the Palestinians, and Western European nations and Canada have also signaled that they may boycott the conference in Geneva.

The conference is known informally as Durban II after a 2001 conference in South Africa that included a heavy focus on Israel and calls to reinstate a U.N. resolution equating Zionism and racism. Libya is chairing the preparatory meetings for this year’s conference, one of several factors prompting boycott calls.

Obama is expected to issue a statement on the subject later this afternoon, and the participants were asked not to discuss the call until a formal statement is released.

Just shows that you can’t always trust the pronouncements of Caroline Glick with as much confidence as she has in them:

Second, through its behavior at the Geneva planning sessions this week, the US has demonstrated that State Department protestations aside, the administration has no interest in changing the agenda in any serious way. The US delegation’s decision not to object to the Palestinian draft, as well its silence in the face of Iran’s rejection of a clause in the conference declaration that mentioned the Holocaust, show the US did not join the planning session to change the tenor of the conference. The US is participating in the planning sessions because it wishes to participate in the conference.

Wrong.

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  • Well, good. Unexpected, but a positive turn of events.

    However, I think this is going to turn into a kind of quid pro quo: in exchange for pulling out of the conference, Obama is going to expect the Jews to keep quiet and not object to the appointment of Chas Freeman, who is nothing more or less than a paid agent of Saudi Arabia. My guess is that this was carefully planned.

  • Uh, yeah, and the criticism to which the Administration and the State Dept. were subjected had nothing to do with their decision. Uh uh.

    You can bet that had people not spoken up, this would have proceeded.

    Nevertheless, if this is what the US decides, it is the ethical and proper thing to do.

  • I am sure that peoples’ objections had a lot to do with it. But Obama is a slick politician. Grandstanding is part of what politicians do.

    Are you really saying that Obama would have gone ahead and attended an anti-Semitic hate-fest like this if people hadn’t objected? Think about what that says about what sort of a person Obama is, and what sort of an administration he’s running. One should not need to be pressured not to sit down with Nazis.

  • Who knows what Obama would have done or what motives he had. This is all just massive speculation. For all Muffti knows, Obama thought it a good idea to attend the conference planning part in order to show good faith so that when he pulled out as he knew he would, he could say ‘well, we tried…’

    Or, more likely, for every action like this there are many small reactions that are expected, from quiet from Israel on one front, to acknowledgement of political action on another to subtle negotiations with arab states on another…

  • I can’t wait to see if the far Left is going to start calling Samantha Power a Zionist for this.

  • Oh, for sure.

    And when is Israel going to get some of that bailout money? The pals are the only people who can start a war and get money for rebuilding, while the country they attacked, doesn’t get bupkes. Usually it’s the other way around.

    Amazing, that.

  • https://jewlicious.com/2009/08/example-of-israeli-apartheid/
    In the above Jewlicious Post Ephraim (suffering from identity crisis) and DK posted a sicken diatribe in the comments sections whining about poor “persecuted whites” and “poor white farmers” and how bad Black Africans were for their “Righteous Vengeance” in driving White Farmers off the land that their British and Afrikaner ancestors stole (only a 100 years ago); Just so we all know Ephraim credibility on these issues. Read his post at the “Israel-apartheid” article listed above and the response below.

    Response:
    DK and Ephraim are poster boys for anti-semitic propaganda. I just showed their comments to 2 African American friends (trying to show them that: “see we Jews AREN’T the ‘deviously smart monsters’ that many anti-Semites like to say we are” (to scare people; remember fear leads to hatred), we too have our morons and utterly stupid tribesmen – just look at at Ephraim and DK[Dick-head?]’s comments).

    One of them responded “gee Aaron, given how damaging and hateful those 2 bastards are, are you sure they’re not Arabs or Neo-Nazi posing as Jews? Because I can see a lot of ‘brothers’ starting to hate Jews because of comments like that.”

    —“No,” I responded, “sadly, I think these guys are the genuine article; we actually DO have inbred imbeciles of this nature in our community and their pathetic incoherent bestial comments are the proof of the inadequacy of their IQ.” (well I didn’t say it that eloquently at the time, but the profanity would be too much for your website; anyway it conveyed exactly the same meaning)

    I lived in Africa during 1950-70, I’ve seen 1st hand white farmers butchering native blacks, torturing them, and humiliating them – for FUN! -let me repeat that, —- FOR FUN!—- not for stealing, trespassing (on their own land?) or commiting any transgression, no, just for being black, defenseless and unable to hit back. Precisely in the same sadistic hateful manner as the Nazi’s did to our people prior to and during the Shoah; for being Jewish, defenseless and unable to hit back. You ignorant bastards (Ephraim the philistine and DK the dickhead), You EVIL Whining SHAMELESS HYPOCRITES ignore other people’s grievances as if they didn’t happen while expecting others to recognize and feel for our grievances.

    Like typical arm-chair quarterbacks, you idiots have no idea how vicious British, Afrikaner, Belgian, and German colonists were in Africa. Belgian ploicy was to dismember black men or women if they didn’t work hard enough in their mines in Congo (to serve as an example for others). The Germans carried out wholesale extermination against tribes they had enslaved when those tribes tried to break free, descendents of the survivors tell Jewish tourists who travel to Nambia that “the Germans 1st practiced on us before carrying out the holocaust”. In British controlled Africa (Like Zimababwe/Rhodesia, East Africa & South Africa), White farmers were known to be sadistic butchers, unlike urban whites who, although vicously hateful, racist and self-righteous, where not violent thugs like their cousins the farmers. Even now, many remaining white farmers still carry the same kind attitudes that they did under white rule; a white farmer in South Africa finally got caught and convicted for having a local black man eaten alive by the farmer’s pet lions, something he’d been getting away with for years under apartheid, a white anglo-saxon farmer in Kenya only recently got convicted for killing a black worker even though he had been charged for killing black workers several times in the past, but at those times he paid the appropriate bribes and got-off; this time he got convicted for murder, but only got 4 years due to the ‘intervention’ of the British embassy), Afrikaner farmers along the Zimbabwe/South Africa border are known to regularly round up black Zimbabwe black illegal immigrants (male, female or children) that the catch, tying them up and leaving them to die of exposure in the bush, or worse, to be eaten alive by Lions and other predators in the area. This is happening NOW under black rule, just imagine how much worse it was under white-rule.

    So yes Mugabe, I’m afraid, is exactly the kind of vengeful psychopath that these thieving lynching white farmers deserve, just like the bloody East Germans, Hungarians & Romanians (Nazi collaborating Scum) deserved Stalin and 50 years of mind-numbing communism and the Stasi (What you sow so shall you reap). At least the Zimbabwean White Farmers didn’t get-off as easily as those evil hateful German animals that murdered so many millions of people. I think the Germans got off way too lightly for what those bastards did to us, I only wish a wack-job like Mugabe could have butchered and beaten them the way they did us. Germany deserved a thousand Dresdens, unfortunately they only got one. The German people knew what they were doing when they supported Hitler, they gladly supported his vicious racist views that put the savage Germans at the top and everyone else at that bottom. That racism is still alive and well in Germany today (seething under the surface) because, effectively, the Germans got away with their crimes. At least, the those thieving white “farmers” in Zimbabwe got a taste of their own medicine from someone as savage, cruel and as brutal as they are; that’s Yahweh’s Justice, tough shit if Ephraim and DK don’t like (u bloody whiners!). The fact that Zimbabwe’s blacks are in such bad shape is tough luck! I don’t feel sorry for the condition of Black Zimbabweans because they put themselves in that position. Subsaharan African societies need to learn the hard way the that their tribal tradition of total blind deference to the “Chief” needs to be eradicated; they need to learn to be far less complacent they they currently are about corruption and bad government, and they need to be a lot LESS selfish on a personal level (the “every man to himself” attitude is endemic to black Africa) and learn a better sense of community than they currently have; nobody can teach them this, they need to learn for themselves – the hard way, and act to for themselves, to create their own form of democracy and civil society.

    Secondly, Ephraim, you accuse blacks Africans (Zimbabweans) of displaying “Righteous vengeance!” in taking back their own land. Really? you blind moron, and what about us Jews taking back our rightful land, Israel, (AND IT IS OUR RIGHTFUL LAND!), you sound just like an inbred whining Arab that accuses us of “self-righteous Vengeance” in taking back Israel. You pathetic navel-gazing hypocrite? Do you realize how stupid and damaging your comments are in light of our Zionist rational for retaking Israel? You Myopic Idiot! I sure hope you and DK are actually Neo-Nazis posing as Jews, because I hate to think that we really have such trailer-park trash-level garbage in our midst (although I know we probably do, look at Sarah Silverman); please don’t kids, PLEASE! we need Einsteins, Sagans and Spielbergs, not dumbass White Goy-Wannabees like DKs and Ephraims.

    • Disagree with commenters all you want, but don’t re-post your comments all over the blog if you don’t receive a response (immediately), because that is a form of spam.

  • Dear Froylein,

    You are quite correct, reposting all over ur blog would be a form of spam and I won’t repost that last comment further.

    However, I did so for 2 reasons, 1) my original post was rapidly typed and contained too many grammatical errors and word omissions (I am old and prone to skipping words when I type) – to the point that the meaning of some my statements was lost. I wish there was a way to preview comments before posting, alas the facility does not exist (yet) on ur site.

    2ndly) I was disgusted beyond words that we have 2 individuals so utterly hypocritical and stupid, that they would do Louis Farrakhan’s work for him (free of charge). Namely, giving Black Africans and African Americans who read their insensitive opinions reasons to distrust and hate Jews for the crimes that European Christians committed on them. These idiots (dk and Ephraim) seem to forget where we came from and what we’ve been through (slaughter, discrimination and dispossession of our lands; precisely the same experiences many Africans have faced).

    Black Christian and Animist Africans are not, currently, anti-semitic, since they don’t have the baggage of Europe’s Theocratic Hate Speech filling their ears. They are at worst neutral to Jews and Israelis and at best quite friendly and sympathetic; especially in Uganda (post Idi Amin), South Africa (many top ANC leader were Jews who went to jail for blacks), Rwanda (for obvious reasons) and parts of Christian/Animist Black Africa under attack from Islamic forces, because of Israel’s incredible record in combating and decimating a common enemy: violent Jihadist Muslim forces.

    However, with ignorant revisionist comments from 2 weakminded jerks (identity-crisis-self-hating-White-Goy-Wannabee Jews) posting comments on your website that would be more at home on garbage sites like StormFr-nt.org and then claiming to be Jewish; that outraged me. The last thing we need is to have even one new individual start to hate us for no reason other than the stupidity and astonishing hypocrisy of 2 (apparent) members of our tribe.

    Just the gall, hypocrisy and double-standards of someone claiming to be Jewish and a supporter of Israel to accuse Black Zimbabweans of “Righteous-Revenge” for taking back land that everyone (including the British) acknowledges was brutally stolen from them is STUNNING. This, in light of how WE took back our land after over 1900 years of exile. Using accusations like “righteous-vengeance” to describe the right of Black Zimbabweans to drive out thieving, often murderous white farmers off Black Zimbabwean land is beyond belief. Have some of our young generation become so utterly sold-out, self-ashamed, stupid, selfish, shallow and cowardly that they forget our own actions and our past and instead sympathize and try to associate with with the kind of barbaric forces that oppressed and murdered our people only 60 years ago (because they’re ashamed of their Afro-Asiatic Semitic roots and they want to be something they’re not – To be White Indo-European Goy)? I sure hope not.

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