- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 29, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Thank you for Roger Simon’s column “Kafka meets Orwell” (Commentary, Monday) unmasking the Durban Review Conference of the United Nations (Durban II). Durban II, like its predecessor, portrayed victims as bullies and bullies as victims. In other words, it singled out Israel for attack.

This is a bit odd. Israel is a model of pluralism and tolerance. It guarantees freedom of speech, conscience and religion. Arabs make up one-fifth of Israel’s population, serve in Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, and are full citizens with greater rights than their brethren enjoy in any Arab country.

Durban II ignored the very real racism in the Islamic world. There was no condemnation of Sudan for using its Arab Janjaweed militia to perpetrate a racist genocide against black Africans in Darfur. No one mentioned the Arab leaders, including the “moderate” Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, who have defended the genocide.

There was no discussion of the Arab attacks on Israel in 1948, 1956, 1967 and 1973 (on the Jewish holy day of Yom Kippur), the declared aim in each case being the destruction of Israel. There was no acknowledgment of the plight of the 900,000 Jews who were forcibly driven from their homes in Arab countries after 1948, or of the thousands of Jews who have left Israel in the face of wars, economic boycotts and terrorism.

There were no condemnations of the systematic indoctrination of anti-Semitism in Saudi Arabia, where in 2002, a 3-year-old girl was praised on Saudi television for calling Jews “apes and pigs,” or in Gaza, where a Hamas children’s television show, “Tomorrow’s Pioneers,” has depicted a series of Disney-inspired characters advocating jihad against Israel.

There was no condemnation of the Palestinians, who massacre Israeli children in schools, buses, discos, malls and pizzerias. Finally, there was no condemnation of Iran, whose president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, denies the Holocaust and has called for Israel’s obliteration.

By vilifying Israel and ignoring real racism in the Islamic world, the United Nations shows itself to be racist.

STEPHEN A. SILVER

San Francisco

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