The Iranian foreign minister said that “his country’s will is devoted” to the elimination of Zionism at the UN conference against racism this week.
As the US and 33 other countries boycott a UN anti-racism conference over its history of anti-Semitism, Iran’s new foreign minister has called for the destruction of the Jewish state, possibly giving to the countries which boycotted the conference more reasons to have stayed away. , say observers.
The event, known as Durban IV, was themed âReparations, Racial Justice and Equality for People of African Descentâ. Wednesday’s event was to commemorate and adopt a declaration 20 years after the first meeting in Durban, South Africa. While the event’s original purpose was to combat racism, critics say it was hijacked by an anti-Israel agenda that turned it into an anti-Semitic hate festival leading the United States and Israel. to leave the first conference.
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Iran’s new Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian, who is in New York this week for the United Nations General Assembly, said his country opposes all forms of racism while threatening the existence of Zionism .
“As the new Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, I am honored to announce that my country’s will is devoted to the total elimination of all forms of racial discrimination, including apartheid and Zionism, âhe said. “These are crimes that constitute horrific atrocities such as the murder of children and the rampant occupation through the settlements, which extends to the vicinity of the Al-Aqsa Mosque.”
Behnam Ben Taleblu, senior researcher at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies which focuses on Iran, told Fox News: seek the “total elimination” of Zionism. . This is the code to work for the destruction of the Jewish state. “
Taleblu said the words of the new foreign minister should serve as a warning to the Biden administration regarding its engagement with the regime in Tehran.
Washington should understand that working diligently to engage Iran to revive the flawed 2015 nuclear deal not only makes no strategic sense given Iran’s irreversible nuclear advances in 2021, but would lead to a new injection of money into the world’s largest godfather state. terrorism, “Taleblu said.” It would mean that men like Abdollahian would be in a better position to put their money where they say it is. “
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Earlier today, the South African conference chair lamented the fact that so many countries have stayed on the sidelines. Countries reportedly absent 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 , United Kingdom, United States and Uruguay.
âThe United States will not participate in the commemoration of the United Nations 20th anniversary of the Durban Declaration and Program of Action (DDPA) in accordance with long-standing American policy dating back to several administrations,â said Linda Thomas- Greenfield, the American Ambassador to the UN. A declaration. âThe United States remains opposed to the anti-Israel and anti-Semitic foundations of the Durban process and has long had free speech issues with the DDPA.
His statement added that the Biden-Harris administration is “deeply and deeply committed to advancing racial justice and equity and the elimination of racial discrimination, xenophobia and discrimination in all its forms.”
His statement concluded: âRacism is a problem in every society. Every country has an obligation to tackle racial inequalities and injustices, both internally and multilaterally. We look forward to continuing to work together with our other Member States on these critical issues. in more inclusive forums. “
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Of the sixty or so countries that have had representatives, only three are from the European Union: Belgium, Ireland and Portugal. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, UN General Assembly President Abdulla Shahid and UN Human Rights Chief Michelle Bachelet also spoke.
Anne Bayefsky, director of the Touro Institute on Human Rights and the Holocaust and president of Human Rights Voices, hosted a counter-conference last week and told Fox News: âFor the enemies of Israel who had high hopes that Durban IV would hasten Israel to political isolation and oblivion, the global rally has instead been a major setback. Not only did 34 states boycott, but they boycotted because the demonization of Israel was recognized as a form of modern anti-Semitism.
She noted that 75% of countries whose leaders spoke at the conference were considered “not entirely free,” as defined by Freedom House, which ranks countries according to freedom. Bayefsky also noted that âDurban IV turned out to be an opportunity for the Iranian Foreign Minister to broadcast on UN WebTV worldwide a call for the ‘elimination’ of the Jewish state, supporting in fact another mass genocide for one they claim never took place. And yet, at the 21st century UN, it was as if nothing had happened and no one interrupted him, muted the microphone or escorted him off the premises. ”
On the issue of reparations, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa called on the UN to deal with reparations. âSouth Africa calls on the United Nations to put the issue of reparations for victims of the slave trade on its agenda. We support the adoption of special measures, including affirmative action programs and targeted financial assistance as restitution to communities whose ancestors were sold into slavery. “
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“We further support all measures taken to combat historical and contemporary discrimination against people of African descent,” Ramaphosa added. “This includes a growing representation of people of African descent in global institutions and in leadership positions.”
Mia Amor Mottley, the Prime Minister of Barbados, called for negotiations with the governments concerned “to seek to ensure that we can negotiate a package of development programs, capital transfers, debt cancellations that we (would) deliver a semblance of long-delayed justice to our people and our countries. “
She said it was important to “make 2022 the year in which we make critical breakthroughs in our just and just quest for reparations for our people, realizing that all we seek to do is give to our people the best possible development opportunity. have, having been deprived for centuries.
Several speakers from non-governmental organizations (NGOs) also spoke at the event, calling for reparations.
Barryl Biekman, coordinator of the Durban Declaration and Platform for Action follow-up working group, spoke out against what she called disinformation and propaganda against Durban and called for reparations.
âRepairs are very simple,â Biekman said. “It is a very simple payment for a debt that is owed for crimes against humanity, which have been committed to varying degrees, and forms have continued into the 21st century.” She concluded that “Repairs will be received, as we said in 2001. They stole from us. They sold us. They owe us. Repairs now.”
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Representatives of Russia and China also spoke.
Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said the slave trade and colonialism “are the main root causes of racism. today. The countries concerned should at least have the courage to face this shameful past and take action to end the suffering caused by their practices.
China has long been accused of torturing and imprisoning minority populations, including Muslims and other religious groups.
Fox News’ Adam Shaw and Greg Norman contributed to this story.