Under the auspices of the UN’s Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, a “Conference of Civil Society in Support of Israeli-Palestinian Peace” will take place on August 30-31 in Belgium. These meetings are part of a round-robin of anti-Israel gatherings organized year-round by the UN’s 16-member Division for Palestinian Rights. It all dates back to 1975, when these mechanisms were installed within the UN on the same day that the General Assembly adopted its infamous “Zionism is Racism” resolution. What is new, however, is the venue: the European Parliament in Brussels.
What the conference will pronounce is pre-determined. Carefully pre-determined: the UN’s Palestinian Division runs a tightly-controlled operation that accredits only anti-Israel NGOs and speakers. And recently they’ve become quite clever. Without altering the virulently anti-Israel nature of their meetings, the organizers instead seek to mask their activities â€” under such innocent-sounding titles as “support for Israeli-Palestinian peace.” Moreover, to add credence to their cover, they invite specially approved “Israelis” â€” a select group of radicals who openly espouse hatred of Israel, claiming the license to do so because of their citizenship. Both tactics give conference organizers the cover they need for their allies and enablers to then use the material.
Among the speakers at the conference are Michel Warschawski, who proudly describes himself as a “well-known anti-Zionist activist.” Others speakers include Nurit Peled Elhannan, Amira Hass, Raji Sourani, Jamal Jumaa (Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign), Mohammed Khatib (Popular Committee of Bilin Coordinator), and David Shearer (OCHA). See the recent meeting in South Africa, featuring Gideon Levy and others, to get a sense of what to expect in Brussels.
None of the radical Israeli Jews at the Brussels conference represents even a tiny segment of the Israeli Jewish population. So it’s like holding a conference on U.S.-Islamic rapprochement and inviting John Walker Lindhâ€”the American who joined the Talibanâ€”to represent America’s position. Technically, Walker is as American as Warschawski and Hass are Israeli. But only a scoundrel or a fool would treat either exercise as anything but a sham.
Who was behind the European Parliament’s decision to play host to this poorly disguised hate-fest? With the conference faÃ§ade removed, who in Europe will now have the courage to speak out?
Human Rights Nightmare
Speech before UN Human Rights Council 4th Session
23 March 2007
Delivered by Hillel Neuer, Executive Director of UN Watch