When thinking about The United Nations the word "oxymoron" comes to mind. Here is an international organization whose stated aim is to be the emblem of human rights. With 193 member states, they are anything but united when it comes to international matters on security, economic development, social progress and especially in upholding international legal conventions.
On this day, the 10-year anniversary of the UN's first anti-racism conference dubbed Durban in 2001, is being marked with a second sequel event. It was to be a gathering of the member states to focus on battling religious and social intolerance. Durban instead earned a global reputation as a hate-based, UN-sponsored agenda, a vehicle that stokes the fires of anti-Semitic and racist behaviour
Distancing themselves from the counter productive meeting, 14 democracies including Canada and the United States will boycott Durban III because of how the last two forums vehemently promoted hatred of Jews and Israel. Calgary MP and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney is joining Nobel laureate Eli Wiesel and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee along with 14 other speakers at the counter-conference. Anne Bayefsky, the principal organizer of the anti-Durban III conference entitled "The Perils of Global Intolerance: The United Nations and Durban III", in a statement to The Jerusalem Post said the following: "The fact that every Western member of the permanent five powers on the UN Security Council has decided to boycott a UN conference is a historic step of tremendous importance. The Palestinians and Yasser Arafat in particular were behind Durban I and its message. This is a major defeat of their message of rejectionism and a refutation that anti-Semitism is a legitimate political tool period."
Now to lift the blinders that remain – on others who believe the persecution of Israel and the Jewish people is a worthy endeavour.