The Iranian Foreign Minister said at the United Nations Anti-Racism Conference this week that “his nation’s willpower” is dedicated to eradicating Zionism.
With the United States and 33 other nations boycotting a United Nations anti-racism conference because of their history of anti-Semitism, Iran’s new foreign minister cited the destruction of the Jewish state, which perhaps gives the countries that boycotted the conference more reason gave to stay away, say observers.
The event, known as Durban IV, was on “Reparation, Racial Justice and Equality for People of African Descent”. Wednesday’s event marked the commemoration and adoption of a declaration 20 years after the first meeting in Durban, South Africa. While the event’s original purpose was to fight racism, critics say it was hijacked by an anti-Israel agenda that turned it into an anti-Semitic hate festival that caused the US and Israel to leave the first conference.
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Iran’s new foreign minister, Hossein Amir Abdollahian, who is in New York for the UN General Assembly this week, said his country rejects all forms of racism while threatening the very existence of Zionism.
“As the new Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran, I am honored to announce that my nation’s willpower is dedicated to the complete elimination of all forms of racial discrimination, including apartheid and Zionism,” he said. “These are crimes that constitute horrific atrocities, such as the killing of children and the creeping occupation of settlements that extend as far as the vicinity of the Al-Aqsa mosque.”
Behnam Ben Taleblu, a senior official at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, which focuses on Iran, told Fox News: “Abdollahian has not minced his mouth: the Islamic Republic will take every opportunity it presents to promote the ‘ to achieve total elimination ‘of Zionism. That is the code for working to destroy the Jewish state. “
Taleblu said the words of the new foreign minister should serve as a warning to the Biden government against a confrontation with the regime in Tehran.
“Washington should understand that, given Iran’s irreversible nuclear advances in 2021, not only does it make no strategic sense to revive Iran with the goals of reviving the flawed 2015 nuclear deal, but also another injection of money for the world’s leading one state sponsor of terrorism, “Taleblu said.” That would mean men like Abdollahian would be better able to put their money where their mouth is. “
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The conference chairman from South Africa complained earlier that day that so many countries had stayed away. The countries that allegedly failed were Albania, Australia, Austria, Bulgaria, Canada, Colombia, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Estonia, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Honduras, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Moldova, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine, Great Britain, USA and Uruguay.
“The United States will not participate in the United Nations 20th Anniversary Commemoration of the Durban Declaration and Program of Action (DDPA), which is in line with longstanding US policy spanned by multiple governments,” said Linda Thomas- Greenfield, the US ambassador to the United Nations, in a statement. “The United States continues to oppose the anti-Israel and anti-Semitic foundations of the Durban Process and has long had concerns about freedom of expression with the DDPA.”
In her statement, she added that the Biden-Harris administration “is deeply and deeply committed to promoting racial justice and justice and the eradication of racial, xenophobia and discrimination in all forms”.
Her statement concluded: “Racism is a problem in every society. Every country has a duty to fight racial inequality and injustice both internally and multilaterally in more inclusive forums. “
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Of the sixty or so countries where representatives spoke, only three were from the European Union: Belgium, Ireland and Portugal. The UN General Secretary Antonio Guterres, the President of the UN General Assembly Abdulla Shahid and the UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet also had their say.
Anne Bayefsky, director of the Touro Institute on Human Rights and the Holocaust and president of Human Rights Voices, organized a counter-conference last week and told Fox News, “For the enemies of Israel who had high hopes that Durban IV would quickly persecute Israel political isolation and oblivion, the global assembly was instead a major setback. Thirty-four states not only boycotted, they also boycotted because the demonization of Israel was recognized as a form of modern anti-Semitism. ”
It found that 75% of the countries where political leaders spoke at the conference, according to the definition of House of freedom, classifies the countries according to freedom. Bayefsky also noted that “Durban IV has proven to be an opportunity for the Iranian Foreign Minister to broadcast a call to the ‘Elimination’ of the Jewish state on UN-WebTV around the world in support of yet another mass genocide for whoever it is claim that it never happened. ” . And yet it was just the same in the UN in the 21st century and nobody interrupted him, interrupted the microphone or escorted him from the premises. ”
On the question of reparations, the South African President Cyril Ramaphosa called on the UN to tackle reparations. “South Africa calls on the United Nations to put reparation for victims of the slave trade on its agenda. We support the adoption of special measures, including grant programs and targeted financial assistance in compensation to communities whose ancestors were sold into slavery. “
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“We continue to support all measures that are being taken to counter historical and contemporary discrimination against people of African descent,” added Ramaphosa. “This also includes the increasing representation of people of African descent in global institutions and in leadership positions.”
Barbados Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley called for negotiations with the relevant governments “to ensure we can negotiate a package of development programs, capital transfers and debt relief that will allow us to offer the semblance of long overdue justice for our people and our countries . “
She said it was important “to ensure that 2022 is the year where we make decisive breakthroughs in our just and sincere pursuit of reparations for our people, knowing that we are only trying to provide the best possible development for our employees.” ” robbed for centuries. “
Several speakers from non-governmental organizations (NGOs) also spoke at the event and called for redress.
Barryl Biekman, coordinator of the monitoring working group for the Durban Declaration and Program of Action, spoke out against what she called disinformation and propaganda against Durban and called for redress.
“Reparations are very easy,” said Biekman. “It is a very simple payment for a debt owed for crimes against humanity that have varied in magnitude and have continued into the twenty-first century.” She concluded that “reparations are being received, as we said in 2001. They stole us. They sold us. They owe us. Reparations now.”
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Representatives from Russia and China also spoke.
China’s State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said the slave trade and colonialism “are the main causes of racism. African, Asian and indigenous people have been victims of such practices in the past, and they continue to bear the consequences. Countries should at least have the courage to face this shameful past and take action to address the suffering caused by their practices to end.”
China has long been accused of torturing and imprisoning minorities, including Muslims and other religious groups.
Fox News’ Adam Shaw and Greg Norman contributed to this story.