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Friday, May 02, 2008

Durban II won't be in Durban

The Durban II World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance will not take place in Durban. On Thursday, South Africa withdrew its application to hold the conference in Durban.
A Foreign Ministry official said the reason for South Africa's backpedaling is unclear, as only a few months ago President Thabo Mbeki said his country wishes to host the conference.

"The fact that 'Durban 2' won't be in Durban makes it lose its political edge," the source said.

About a month ago Haaretz reported that Israel and the U.S. decided to boycott the conference, following an assessment by the Foreign Ministry, and other Western governments, that it will be impossible to prevent the conference from turning into a festival of anti-Israeli attacks.
I'm glad the conference will 'lose its edge,' but it is likely to take place in a European capital in the spring of 2009. No mention of which one. London? Berlin? Geneva? Paris? Stockholm? So many possibilities, but only one conference. Please feel free to put your choice in the comments section.


At 1:35 AM, Blogger Papa Whiskey said...

I vote for
Copenhagen. The Danish press has a modicum of testicularity, as the Muhammad cartoons affair showed, so the coverage might be more thorough and courageous.

At 1:48 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Hatred of the Jews is immensely profitable. The conference may no longer take place in South Africa but I don't expect the Jew bashing to come to an end anytime soon.

At 5:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Without question, The Hague.

That should finally push the dihimmi Dutch over the edge toward common sense sensibility.


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