Our Guest Blogger is the Jerusalm Intitute of Justice (JIJ). The JIJ is dedicated to advancing freedom for all Israelis—freedom of worship, expression, livelihood, and equal access to political representation, and education. They strive to strengthen the democratic integrity of Israel’s society, which in turn helps in the battle against anti-Semitism which is once again raging in the international community.
As political instability and unrest sweep the Middle East, and human rights atrocities run rampant through the streets of oppressive Muslim regimes, the State of Israel, the only viable democracy in the region, has become the target of incessant, unfounded scrutiny and delegitimization.
The UN founded the Commission on Human Rights (UNCHR) after the atrocities of the Holocaust to protect and promote human rights worldwide. A leading voice in the condemnation ofIsrael, the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) succeeded the UNCHR in 2006 to further the UN’s mandate in safeguarding and advancing international human rights. However, ironically, the UNHRC has rather become a “safe-house” for terrorists and human rights violators, and a platform to systematically condemn the State of Israel and promulgate anti-Zionist propaganda.
Since 2006, nearly 48% of the Council’s resolutions have expressed condemnation ofIsrael, while it has only voiced “deep concern” over Sudan’s countless human rights abuses and the Darfur genocide. Moreover, Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, notorious for his virulent anti-Semitic sentiments and disregard of human rights, was invited as keynote speaker to the UNHRC’s Durban II Anti-Racism Conference in 2009 where he launched a racist tirade against the State of Israel.
In an attempt to counteract the hypocrisy and the onslaught of continuous delegitimization of Israel, the Jerusalem Institute of Justice (JIJ) organized and facilitated a massive demonstration on behalf of Israel at the Durban II conference inGeneva. JIJ succeeded in mobilizing approximately 1,500 Christians from ten different nations across Europe to stand with Israel and protest against the hypocrisy and double standards of the UNHRC.
Initially established in 2001 to combat racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia, and related intolerance, the Durban Anti-Racism Conferences have inevitably become a mere guise to denounce the nation ofIsraeland challenge the legitimacy of her existence.
In September, the UNHRC will hold its third Durban Anti-Racism Review Conference in New York City while the Palestinian Authority (PA) will attempt to unilaterally seek a UN resolution on Palestinian statehood based on the 1967 borders.
JIJ along with a coalition of organizations (The Jewish Agency, The World Zionist Organization, Eagles Wings and the European Coalition for Israel) has decided to facilitate another large-scale demonstration on behalf of Israel during the conference. The demonstration will challenge the hypocrisy of the UNHRC and call upon the Council to actually address racial discrimination, anti-Semitism, and human rights abuses around the world. The demonstration will be held on September 21, 2011 opposite the UN headquarters in Dag Hammershald Plaza in New York City. For more information about this demonstration see www.durban3nyc.com.
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