'Counter Conference' Will Protest UN Meeting

Tuesday, 20 Sep 2011 11:33 AM

By Greg McDonald

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Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton will speak at a New York meeting Thursday, organized to counter the U.N.-sponsored Durban III anti-racism conference. The previous two Durban-named conferences sharply condemned Israel.
 
Huckabee and Bolton will join 16 other top names — among them former Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Elie Wiesel — at the day-long “counter conference” titled “The Perils of Global Intolerance: The United Nations and Durban III.”
 
The meeting is sponsored by the Hudson Institute and the Touro College Institute on Human Rights and the Holocaust, to oppose efforts singling out Israel over other countries well known for human rights violations.
 
The United States has criticized the two previous Durban conferences — named after the South African city that hosted the first meeting — for producing “hateful” anti-Semitic statements against Israel and doing little to actually promote the condemnation of racism and human rights violations everywhere. 
 
As a result, the Obama administration — along with many other nations — is boycotting the Durban III gathering at the annual U.N. meeting of world leaders this week and is also working to stop a possible U.N. vote that would give standing to a Palestinian state without Israel’s approval.
 
Huckabee called the Durban conference and the move by Palestinians to skirt further negotiations with Israel another effort “to condemn and isolate Israel on the world stage.” To do it on American soil, he said, is “an affront to American values and American society.”

“Americans are committed to the state of Israel for moral, ethical, and strategic reasons. Ours is an unbreakable bond, and no use of politics dressed up as human rights will succeed in undermining our absolute commitment to Israel,” said Huckabee, a former presidential candidate who has a show on Fox.

Bolton, now a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, said in a press release issued by the institutes that he plans to discuss “what’s wrong with singling out Israel for criticism in Durban III.”

He said he will “talk about the Palestinian statehood effort, and how it is the flip side at the U.N. of Durban III’s effort to delegitimize Israel.”

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