Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Italy Pulls Out Of UN Racism Summit [Durban II; joins US, Israel, Canada]
ANSA [Italian news agency] ^ | 03-05-09 | Unknown

Posted on 03/05/2009 4:24:33 PM PST by Mike Fieschko

Antisemitic phrases in draft document 'totally unacceptable'

(ANSA) - Brussels, March 5 - Italy has decided to withdraw from an upcoming United Nations World Conference Against Racism, Foreign Minister Franco Frattini said Thursday.

Frattini said ''aggressive phrases of an antisemitic nature'' in a draft declaration were behind the decision to withdraw from the conference, known as the Durban Review Conference, which is a follow-up to the 2001 World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance.

The minister said the phrases in the draft declaration were ''totally unacceptable'' and stressed that they would have to be removed before Italy considered participating in the summit.

Israel, Canada and the United States have also pulled out of the conference, which is due to take place in Geneva on April 20-24.

Critics say both the original 2001 conference in Durban and preparatory meetings for the 2009 meeting undermined UN principles because of open anti-Israel sentiment.

Both the World Jewish Congress (WJC) and the European Jewish Congress renewed calls for countries to boycott the conference earlier this week.

WJC President Ronald Lauder said in a statement that the conference ''was not about combating racism, but about promoting anti-Israel and anti-Semitic propaganda within the framework of the United Nations''.

He said that ''no good'' could result from a conference where countries ''such as Libya, Iran, Pakistan and Syria are dictating the agenda'', claiming they were ''attempting to protect their extremist ideologies under the disguise of banning the 'defamation of religion' while at the same time refusing to condemn Holocaust denial''.

The United Kingdom, France and the Netherlands are also considering withdrawing from the meeting.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Israel
KEYWORDS:

1 posted on 03/05/2009 4:24:33 PM PST by Mike Fieschko
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Mike Fieschko; SJackson

Ping


2 posted on 03/05/2009 4:27:17 PM PST by fanfan (God, Bless America, please.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Mike Fieschko

Forza Italia!


3 posted on 03/05/2009 4:28:22 PM PST by dfwgator (1996 2006 2008 - Good Things Come in Threes)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Mike Fieschko

When Italy, of all places, shows more backbone and moral fiber than the rest of the world, especially the EU, we have come to end times, indeed.

Good for you, Italy. You have gone up quite a few notches in my opinion of you!


4 posted on 03/05/2009 4:28:31 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Communism comes to America: 1/20/2009. Keep your powder dry, folks.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Mike Fieschko

Durban II is a large group of anti semitic nations that will suffer the wrath of God for their unjustifiable hatred of Israel. Little neo nazi punk nations all of them and God himself curses all of them for hating His chosen people for no reason at all.
Screw the U.N. and all haters of Jews and Christians.


5 posted on 03/05/2009 4:33:52 PM PST by kindred (Conservatives have 4 years to start a new conservative party or lose more elections.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Mike Fieschko

Buon lavoro Italia!


6 posted on 03/05/2009 4:44:44 PM PST by bamahead (Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master. -- Sallust)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Mike Fieschko

I never thought I’d see the day when Italy had more testicular fortitude than the U.S.! Way to go Italy!


7 posted on 03/05/2009 4:46:17 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Just being a "U.S. citizen" does not make one an American.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: kindred

I still can’t figure out why God put all that oil under the peninsuala where Islam grew.


8 posted on 03/05/2009 4:58:22 PM PST by Pelagius of Asturias
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: Pelagius of Asturias
if only moses had made a right instead of a left...
9 posted on 03/05/2009 5:10:17 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - Dear Mr.President, Please make it rain candy!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: Mike Fieschko

Italy is getting to be my favorite European country, along with Poland.


10 posted on 03/05/2009 5:27:40 PM PST by happygrl (BORG: Barack 0bama Resistance Group: we will not be assimilated)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: happygrl

In Heaven
Italy makes the cars
The British are the cops
The Germans run the trains
and
The French are the cooks

In Hell
The British are the cooks
The Germans are the cops
The Italians run the trains
and
The French make the cars.


11 posted on 03/05/2009 5:47:00 PM PST by Pelagius of Asturias
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: dennisw; Cachelot; Nix 2; veronica; Catspaw; knighthawk; Alouette; Optimist; weikel; Lent; GregB; ..
Middle East and terrorism, occasional political and Jewish issues Ping List. High Volume

If you'd like to be on or off, please FR mail me.

----------------------------

12 posted on 03/05/2009 6:11:01 PM PST by SJackson (a tax cut is non-targeted…no guarantee…they’re free to invest anywhere that they want, J Kerry)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: freedumb2003

Looks like Italy might have found some of it’s Roman backbone.


13 posted on 03/05/2009 6:30:42 PM PST by gogogodzilla (Live free or die!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: gogogodzilla

We can only hope the rest of the EU follows suit...


14 posted on 03/05/2009 6:41:00 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Communism comes to America: 1/20/2009. Keep your powder dry, folks.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: Chode
I agree.

tagline ...

15 posted on 03/05/2009 11:30:19 PM PST by sofaman (Moses dragged us through the desert for 40 years to the one place in the ME with no oil - Golda Meir)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: kindred

Amen, amen and right on!


16 posted on 03/06/2009 4:12:08 AM PST by Convert from ECUSA (It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies - C.S. Lewis)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: happygrl

Don’t forget the Czech Republic. They are in there too.


17 posted on 03/06/2009 4:14:40 AM PST by bergmeid (I want Bambam to fail too.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: Mike Fieschko

Well done Italy, finaly showing balls!


18 posted on 03/06/2009 7:05:00 AM PST by knighthawk (We will always remember We will always be proud We will always be prepared so we may always be free)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: bergmeid
Don’t forget the Czech Republic.

Yes, they are.

I thought of them right after I posted.

The Danes are up there too.

19 posted on 03/06/2009 10:15:53 AM PST by happygrl (BORG: Barack 0bama Resistance Group: we will not be assimilated)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson