Obama boycotts anti-racism conference + More Countries Join Boycott

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President Obama defends decision to boycott UN anti-racism conference


More Countries Join US, Israel Boycott of UN Racism Conference

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A growing number of Western countries are joining the United States and Israel in boycotting the United Nations World Conference on Racism, which opened today in Geneva, Switzerland. Australia, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and New Zealand all announced they would boycott the conference soon after the US announced its formal decision not to attend Saturday. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the opening session he was “profoundly disappointed” at the boycotts. We go to Geneva to get the latest. [includes rush transcript]

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16 thoughts on “Obama boycotts anti-racism conference + More Countries Join Boycott

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  4. A fair point actually. I should have added the restriction or caveat of when speaking of “Israel’s right to exist” or the actions taken against the Islamist terrorists in Gaza and/or Iran and/or Lebanon.

    Without that context, my statement would seem a bit strange.

    I do hear the hatred though when most speak of Zionism in those contexts though. It’s just as nasty as when people use other words as referenced in my earlier comments.

    • I agree that some people do use the term very derogatorily and it bothers me greatly. Generally one can figure out whether the person using the term is using it because of hatred towards Jews or only disagreement with the Israeli govt or military actions.

  5. When “Zionist” is used by non-Jews, it is normally said in a quite vilely pejorative and discriminatory manner that is very similar in tone and affront to “Ni***r” or “K*k*”.

    You’ll find as much discrepancy between a Jew’s definition of Zionism and their detractors definition as you would be a Black person’s definition of “Nigga” and its usage and that of a Klansman.

    • Well, I’m Jewish, so can I use the word Zionist?

      I’ve never heard this before in my life. I’m certain that some people use the word derogatorily, but most of the readers here do not. To say that every time a non-Jew uses the word means that he/she is a hater of Jews is going too far.

      There are many people who consider themselves Zionists and they aren’t Jewish, too. Look at all the Christian Zionists there are.

  6. Why the “?,” dandelionsalad? There’s little or no difference between the common usage of the two words in question; both or pejoratives based on racist ideals.

    The only difference is that one offends you and the other you approve of.

  7. Giver the racist vitriol and snears normally associated with the pejorative, “Zionist,” you basically said the equivalent of, “[sic] That they were less important than not offending the Niggers.” /em> Mary.

    Of course among the Leftists such hate is not only condoned, but advocated. So, unsurprisingly, my comment here will be deleted or edited but “Zionist” will be left up. 😉

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  10. No it is not about a special kind of boycott or any kind of “jihad.”

    What does Obama say to the African Americans and the American Indians? That they were less important than not offending the Zionists?

    Once again, America embarrasses me.

  11. A better description would be that Obama is boycotting the Racism Conference or the “Kill the Joos” Conference.

    Durban II is about racism alright; it’s about spreading a certain specific sort of it across the globe.

    Whether it’s by suicide bombers, babies packed with TNT, IEDs, or attorneys and the UN – jihad is jihad.

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