A Gifted Forum

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Mahmoud Mohammadzadeh

From among all UN conferences the anti-racism meeting should be viewed as an exception. Even if this conference is boycotted by some western powers it is respected by the comity of nations.

This conference whose cornerstone was laid in 1978, in the three decades since inception has become an influential forum on the world’s political and legal frontier. The first victory of this conference took place at the end of the 20th century when the apartheid system in South Africa, which was closely allied with the US and global capitalism, was consigned to the trash bin of history.

The inspiration and hope that the disintegration of the apartheid structure created for this forum led to the second turning point in the history of this institution in 2001 at the anti-racism conference in Durban, South Africa.

As it turned out, the new development was that the big Durban family set out to challenge the second symbol of racism; namely the Zionist regime. In this conference Zionism was equated as racism. People still have fond memories of Durban I when representatives of 3,500 government organizations denounced Israel and supported the Palestinians and their cause.

The ugly attitude of the US and its allies vis-ˆ-vis the ongoing confab in Geneva is indeed rooted in the developments of 2001, when Israel was condemned as racist and most observers referred to the historic declaration of the Durban conference when referring to the occupying power.

In about a decade after that historic event, the efforts of the self-styled superpower and the staunch allies of Israel in the West (Germany, Italy, Australia, Holland and Spain) focused mainly on removing the glare of the anti-racism conference from its focus on Israeli atrocities. However, it is reported that the extensive efforts for influencing and manipulating the Durban conference have not gotten nowhere as the progressive countries and human rights organizations have prevented such shifts.

This is why Tehran participated in the anti-racism conference at the highest level. Tehran’s diplomatic machinery utilized its political might in the Geneva conference so that Durban remains active and well as the resounding voice of the Palestinians.

When we assess the objectives and ideals of this conference, we see that more than being a political organization it is a freedom-seeking and legal movement.

The very foundations of this forum are based on the natural and innate rights of human beings promoting equality and negating prejudice. The 30 years history of the conference supports this indisputable reality that there is a transparent relationship between increase in power of Durban and the increase in man’s alertness and knowledge.

Today the hegemonic powers have been subjected to the full force of public scrutiny. With this reality, the reasons behind the serious concerns of the Zionists and their blind US backers make sense.

There is another consideration at stake regarding the second Durban conference and that is Israel’s atrocities in Gaza Strip. All human rights bodies agree that sanctions and siege of 1.5 million helpless Gazans is a clear case of genocide and racism. This global judgment and collective wisdom about the conditions in occupied territories have led to the situation wherein all efforts by Washington for changing the course of action of Durban have been nullified.

When 4,500 civil institutions and over 50 countries have been witness to the most severe and inhumane siege of the tiny strip, they have no reason to listen to American advice and what it terms as ’matters of expedience.’

This is a reality that American groups advocating human rights highlighted more than others -- those who were hopeful that President Barack Obama, who has himself suffered a great deal from apartheid because of being black, would seize the opportunity in Geneva and deliver, in part, on his electoral pledges to help the world rid itself of prejudice and discrimination!!

Source: Iran Daily

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