So what’s up with President Obama and the US agreeing to opt out of the U.N. conference on racism this week? It certainly can’t be because the R-word has been eradicated both here in the US and around the world. Well, it seems that Israel is in the mix, so to speak, and is flexing its influence.
Specifically, a recent Reuters article makes it clear that the US “has come under strong pressure from Israel not to attend.” It seems that the Obama administration which, reportedly, is seen with a wary eye by Israel, for the most part, is on the same page with this issue. Here’s what the news organization wrote:
“The United Nations organized the forum in Geneva to help heal the wounds from the last such meeting, in Durban, South Africa. The United States and Israel walked out of that 2001 conference when Arab states tried to define Zionism as racist.”
The article goes on to say that Canada also has said it will not go next week because of fears of a repeat of the “Israel-bashing” that occurred at the last conference. The European Union is still deliberating.
Additionally, diplomats said the high-profile presence of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at the forum made it probable that touchy subjects would still dominate the proceedings.
Ahmadinejad, who has previously said Israel should be “wiped off the map” and questioned whether the Nazi Holocaust happened, will address the plenary and hold a news conference on Monday — coinciding with Holocaust Remembrance Day.
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