by Scott Creighton
So I wonder why it is, that Israel pressured the Obama administration, to go even further than the Bush administration did in 2001 and boycott the World Conference on Racism altogether. Remember, in 2001, a delegation did end up going to the Durban conference but then pulled out just days before 9/11. Late last month, Black History month, the Obama administration announced it will not attend at all, and they are even pressuring other nation to stay away.
“According to this article in the New York Times, the Administration will boycott the conference to protest what it deems the unfair equation of Zionism with racism…“
“According to the Times article, one of the primary reasons for the Obama Administration’s decision was that “Israel and some American Jewish groups urged a boycott of the April conference, and several close American allies, including Canada.” Alter Net
This is quite remarkable considering not only that Obama is the first black president of this nation, refusing to send a delegation to this conference, that by all rights, he should be speaking at himself, but according to an Israeli civil rights monitoring group, racism in on the rise and out of control in Israel right now.
“According to the Israeli Association for Civil Rights, anti-Arab incidents have risen sharply. “Israeli society is reaching new heights of racism that damages freedom of expression and privacy,” says Sami Michael, the organization’s president. Among the Association’s findings:
- Some 55 percent of Jewish Israelis say that the state should encourage Arab emigration; (Emigration is the act of leaving one’s native country or region to settle in another.)
- 78 percent of Jewish Israelis oppose including Arab parties in the government;
- 56 percent agree with the statement that “Arabs cannot attain the Jewish level of cultural development”;
- 75 percent agree that Arabs are inclined to be violent. Among Arab-Israelis, 54 percent feel the same way about Jews.
- 75 percent of Israeli Jews say they would not live in the same building as Arabs.
“The tension between Israeli democracy and the country’s Jewish character was the centerpiece of Avigdor Lieberman’s Yisrael Beiteinu Party’s campaign in the recent election. His party increased its Knesset membership from 11 to 15, and is now the third largest party in the parliament.”
Lieberman, who lives in a West Bank settlement near Bethlehem, calls for a “loyalty oath” from Arab-Israelis, and for either expelling those who refuse or denying them citizenship rights. During a Knesset debate last March, Lieberman told Arab deputies, “You are only temporarily here. One day we will take care of you.” Counter Punch
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