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US May Boycott Racism Conference


US may boycott racism conference | BBC

The US is likely to boycott a UN racism conference, reports say, saying a text drawn up for the event criticises Israel and restricts free of speech.

An unnamed state department official said the draft document for April's forum in Geneva was "unsalvageable".

Canada and Israel have also said they plan to boycott the meeting.

In 2001, US and Israeli delegates walked out of a similar conference in Durban, South Africa, when a draft document likened Zionism to racism.

The 2001 draft expressed "deep concern" at the "increase of racist practices of Zionism and anti-Semitism".

It talked of the emergence of "movements based on racism and discriminatory ideas, in particular the Zionist movement, which is based on racial superiority".

'Unsalvageable'

A US delegation travelled to Geneva for negotiations earlier in February to try to agree the conference's final document.

"Unfortunately, the document being negotiated has gone from bad to worse," the unnamed state department official was quoted as saying by the Washington Post newspaper.

"The current text of the draft of the outcome document is, in the United States government's estimation, unsalvageable.

"As a result the United States will not participate in the forthcoming negotiations on this text, nor will we be able to participate in a conference that is based on this text," the official said.

Washington says the proposed text unfairly singles out Israel for criticism.

US officials say they are also concerned that some sections of the draft - which call for restrictions on the defamation of religions - could threaten free speech.

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John J.Coghlan

Washington says the proposed text unfairly singles out the Klue Klux Clan for criticism. The Clan doesn't discriminate against anybody, except for, Catholics, Jews, and Non Whites. Israel doesn't discriminate against anybody, except for, Muslims, Christians, and anyone who disagrees with its policies. Do you think I am making this up? Try to move to Israel and become a citizen if you are not Jewish. Jewish people from all over the world can move to Israel and become a citizen. People of other religions are not wanted. There are two people living in Israel, the privileged citizens, and the second class, who do not have full citizenship.

I am a non religious person, but I have always tried to respect all religions. We all criticize England, France, and the United States, on a regular basis, but criticizing Israel is not allowed. Some one will call you antisemitic, and accuse you of being prejudice toads someone's religion. Supporters of Israel have been using this technique to squelch criticism of that country for much to long. A country is a country, and a religion is a religion.

In 1948 the state of Israel was created on stolen land. and since than it has continued to expand by taking more land. Bulldozing peoples homes and driving them out is nothing new. They have been doing it now for sixty years. Eviction, murder, and genocide have been the means of acquiring more land. Israel has created another Warsaw Ghetto in Palestine. The only difference between Israel and Nazi Germany, is that Israel is being supported by the United States.

Our Corporate Media, along with one Dozen American Presidents have chosen to ignore this ongoing atrocity. Politicians are to afraid that someone is going to call them a bed name, if they speak unfavorably about this terrorist nation. Our Corporate Media is so radically pro Israel, that a politician would be putting their head on a chopping block if they dared to speak the truth.

The US is likely to boycott a UN racism conference, reports say, saying a text drawn up for the event criticizes Israel.

How pathetic.

This is truly deplorable. What kind of Nation are we anymore. Not a decent one, apparently.

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