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"An international boycott of a UN conference on racism was growing last night amid western concerns that the Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and other Islamic leaders could use the meeting as a platform to attack Israel, question the reality of the Holocaust, or to try to limit the right to criticise religion.

 

Germany, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the Netherlands have all joined the US and Israel in announcing their withdrawal from the Geneva conference. British officials said they still planned to attend, but would consult other European states overnight and reconsider their presence in light of what was said at the conference.

 

The flashpoint may come today, on the first day of the conference, with an address and a press conference by Ahmadinejad, who has previously made comments calling into question the facts of the Holocaust and hosted a 2006 conference to review its history. The Iranian president's speech today, on a rare visit to western Europe, comes on the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day, raising concerns that he will address the subject again.."

 

 

The draft statement for this week's conference does not single out Israel, but formally upholds the 2001 declaration, which does. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, said she was "shocked and deeply disappointed" by the US boycott. On the Guardian's Comment is Free website today, Pillay concedes that the 2001 meeting has been "tainted by the antisemitic behaviour of some NGOs on the sidelines", but she argues that the best way to tackle such issues is to participate in this week's meeting.

 

 

 

White man won't play unless he controls the ball and the playing field. :nufc:

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If the UN passes the new declaration which makes defamation of religion a breach of human rights I'd withdraw from the UN the next second.

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No there will be an assortment of nutters.

 

Jaw dropping political analysis from Danny Bee.

 

If you can't apreciate the irony of what they are doing at an anti r@cism conference, then you are more daft than I gave you credit for.

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No there will be an assortment of nutters.

 

Jaw dropping political analysis from Danny Bee.

 

If you can't apreciate the irony of what they are doing at an anti r@cism conference, then you are more daft than I gave you credit for.

 

Explain.

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No there will be an assortment of nutters.

 

Jaw dropping political analysis from Danny Bee.

 

If you can't apreciate the irony of what they are doing at an anti r@cism conference, then you are more daft than I gave you credit for.

 

Explain.

 

They are just using it as a platform to abuse another race.

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No there will be an assortment of nutters.

 

Jaw dropping political analysis from Danny Bee.

 

If you can't apreciate the irony of what they are doing at an anti r@cism conference, then you are more daft than I gave you credit for.

 

Explain.

 

They are just using it as a platform to abuse another race.

 

If this world is going to move forward, all sides need to have continuous open and frank debate. Throwing toys out of the pram even before the debate starts is short sighted and imo unproductive. If people are talking shit then by all means turn up and show them up for it. Not going comes across as defensive.

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No there will be an assortment of nutters.

 

Jaw dropping political analysis from Danny Bee.

 

If you can't apreciate the irony of what they are doing at an anti r@cism conference, then you are more daft than I gave you credit for.

 

Explain.

 

They are just using it as a platform to abuse another race.

 

If this world is going to move forward, all sides need to have continuous open and frank debate. Throwing toys out of the pram even before the debate starts is short sighted and imo unproductive. If people are talking shit then by all means turn up and show them up for it. Not going comes across as defensive.

 

I've found there's no reasoning with some people (from personal experience :nufc:). I guess there is a danger you will legitimise their views.

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No there will be an assortment of nutters.

 

Jaw dropping political analysis from Danny Bee.

 

If you can't apreciate the irony of what they are doing at an anti r@cism conference, then you are more daft than I gave you credit for.

 

Explain.

 

They are just using it as a platform to abuse another race.

 

If this world is going to move forward, all sides need to have continuous open and frank debate. Throwing toys out of the pram even before the debate starts is short sighted and imo unproductive. If people are talking shit then by all means turn up and show them up for it. Not going comes across as defensive.

 

I've found there's no reasoning with some people (from personal experience :wacko:). I guess there is a danger you will legitimise their views.

:nufc:

 

 

Begs the question, who decides what the legitimate views are? :icon_lol:

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No there will be an assortment of nutters.

 

Jaw dropping political analysis from Danny Bee.

 

If you can't apreciate the irony of what they are doing at an anti r@cism conference, then you are more daft than I gave you credit for.

 

Explain.

 

They are just using it as a platform to abuse another race.

 

If this world is going to move forward, all sides need to have continuous open and frank debate. Throwing toys out of the pram even before the debate starts is short sighted and imo unproductive. If people are talking shit then by all means turn up and show them up for it. Not going comes across as defensive.

 

I've found there's no reasoning with some people (from personal experience :wacko:). I guess there is a danger you will legitimise their views.

:nufc:

 

 

Begs the question, who decides what the legitimate views are? :icon_lol:

 

That is the question really. Anyway, I can see both sides of the argument, I don't really see a problem in paying lip service but I can't see anything constructive coming from this either.

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"An international boycott of a UN conference on racism was growing last night amid western concerns that the Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and other Islamic leaders could use the meeting as a platform to attack Israel, question the reality of the Holocaust, or to try to limit the right to criticise religion.

 

Germany, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the Netherlands have all joined the US and Israel in announcing their withdrawal from the Geneva conference. British officials said they still planned to attend, but would consult other European states overnight and reconsider their presence in light of what was said at the conference.

 

The flashpoint may come today, on the first day of the conference, with an address and a press conference by Ahmadinejad, who has previously made comments calling into question the facts of the Holocaust and hosted a 2006 conference to review its history. The Iranian president's speech today, on a rare visit to western Europe, comes on the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day, raising concerns that he will address the subject again.."

 

 

The draft statement for this week's conference does not single out Israel, but formally upholds the 2001 declaration, which does. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, said she was "shocked and deeply disappointed" by the US boycott. On the Guardian's Comment is Free website today, Pillay concedes that the 2001 meeting has been "tainted by the antisemitic behaviour of some NGOs on the sidelines", but she argues that the best way to tackle such issues is to participate in this week's meeting.

 

 

 

White man won't play unless he controls the ball and the playing field. :nufc:

 

 

They are all shit scared in case they have to sit there when Dinnerjacket says the holocaust is a myth again, hence the reason almost no senior Western politician is going within a couple of countries of his address. :wacko:

 

 

The UN is interesting politics though, because it shows how things like Zionism = religious hate = crime can be pushed through.

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Diplomats have walked out of a speech by the Iranian president at a UN anti-racism conference after he described Israel as a "racist government".

Two protesters, wearing coloured wigs, briefly disrupted the beginning of the speech by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad but he continued speaking.

Shortly afterwards a stream of Western delegates walked out when he attacked the creation of the state of Israel.

Some of those who stayed clapped as Mr Ahmadinejad continued his speech.

The walk-out is a public relations disaster for the United Nations, which had hoped the conference would be a shining example of what the UN is good at - uniting to combat injustice in the world, says the BBC's Imogen Foulkes in Geneva.

UN dismay

The walk-out happened within minutes of the speech starting on Monday.

Moments earlier security guards escorted two protesters from the conference hall after one threw an object at the Iranian president and they yelled "racist, racist" as he stood at the podium.

 

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad continued his speech and was applauded by many

Mr Ahmadinejad, the only major leader to attend the conference, said Jewish migrants from Europe and the United States had been sent to the Middle East "in order to establish a racist government in the occupied Palestine". :nufc:

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