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Durban III: An Anti-Israel Forum Takes Shape

10:32 AM, Sep 8, 2011 • By ANNE BAYEFSKY
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The irony is that only 104 U.N. members voted in favor of holding Durban III in the first place. Democratic states voted against or abstained in large numbers. And now their heads of state are being asked to reaffirm something they didn’t affirm in the first place.

As might have been expected, Israel is not the only loser. For the first time, the new declaration will project the stature of the Durban Declaration as higher than the 1965 core treaty on racial discrimination. The new declaration claims the Durban Declaration is a “comprehensive UN framework...for combating racism.” Removed from the draft text at the behest of the OIC and G-77 was a “call” for universal ratification of the racism treaty – previously standard fare in U.N. resolutions. (Paragons like Angola, Malaysia, North Korea, and Burma/Myanmar aren’t parties to the treaty.) Even the outcome document from the Durban II conference, held in Geneva in April 2009, called the racism treaty “the principal international instrument to prevent, combat and eradicate racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance.” No longer.

Not surprisingly, the diplomats have failed to figure out how to combat racism seriously and to whitewash anti-Semitism. It’s time for the countries that refused to endorse the convening of Durban III only eight months ago, and have not left already, to do so immediately—Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Palau, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Sweden, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, the United Kingdom…

Anne Bayefsky is a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, a professor at Touro College, and the editor of

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