17 August 2011
How can we best work to reduce Durban III to insignificance?
The Durban III hatefest will go on and it will condemn Israel, alone, for all the racism in the world. To my mind, if we can’t stop it, the most practical thing we can do is to encourage as many states as possible not to attend. Canada, the Czech Republic, Italy, the Netherlands and the USA are already boycotting. There is strong pressure on Australia to join them. [Pressure which I have just discovered to be successful].
Some will say, and certainly some states, that they have to attend and if there is misbehaviour they will leave. To my mind that’s a lot like attending a boxing match and waiting until someone is punched in the face before leaving. The event is not called Durban III for nothing. Durban III is ostensibly to be a commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the first conference, yet it appears to be on track to repeat its failures†.
A good slogan
Let’s face it Boycott Durban III lacks a certain pizzazz. It’s also a little problematic. Are boycotts suddenly a good thing or is it only when they involve Israel’s enemies? I haven’t discovered the wheel here. Boycotts, unless you are a committed pacifist who would rather die than pick up a weapon to defend himself , are like war. Not all wars are just but there are just wars.
Also, on its face, this conference named after the original World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance is hard to oppose. There are ‘probably’ those who believe that is what they will be doing.
We need a memorable, punchy, slogan.
Dump Durban, Durban, Durban? I’m working on it. So should you.
A good organization
The URL you should have bookmarked and pinned for all information on Durban III and the related UN vote on Palestine is UN Watch http://www.unwatch.org @UNWatch on Twitter. They are right on the spot.
As always, stay tuned to StandwithUs
The 5MFI approach (and regress)
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I’m leaving on Friday for three weeks in America so I apologise in advance that in the crucial build-up to Durban I’ll be AWOL. Unavoidable. 🙁
Read: Labor must not walk away from moral leadership at the UN†, Julia Bishop, Sydney Morning Herald, 17 August 2011.