Germany boycotts anti-racism conference

2011-09-03 19:04

Berlin - Germany says it will stay away from the so-called Durban conference against racism later this month because of concerns about anti-Semitism.

Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said Berlin couldn't rule out the conference in UN headquarters in New York "being misused for anti-Semitic statements, as was already the case at previous conferences".

Westerwelle said the decision was "an expression of our special responsibility toward Israel." He stressed that it doesn't change Germany's commitment to fighting racism and discrimination.

US President Barack Obama's administration has already said that it will boycott the conference.

The meeting marks the 10-year commemoration of the 2001 World Conference Against Racism, held in Durban.

  • Daniel du Plessis - 2011-09-03 19:27

    Maybe the conference should be called World Racists' Conference as past conferences proved to be nothing else than providing a platform for racists to air their views under cover of a conference to stop the hatred that these people preach.

      V. Zela - 2011-09-03 19:35

      Well said Daniel

      2WhiteStars - 2011-09-03 19:51

      It's just a whinge session for people who hate Whites to figure out ways of getting more money and handouts...from Whites!

      Met - 2011-09-03 20:02

      If I see only on this site, the hatred for Israel and the Jewish people. But of course, one should not be surprised- its been prophesied and written. But Israel is not frightened by numbers. God bless Israel and the Israeli people

      Bloodbane_3 - 2011-09-03 20:13

      @Met - there is no god!

      william.botha - 2011-09-03 21:18

      Met, it's your version. My version is such. The spaghetti monster doesn't get involved in such trivial matters.

      Met - 2011-09-04 06:51

      Blue Lane and William- My version? Dont be delusional. I cannot deny what happened to me 12 yrs ago. I can only speak the truth- I cannot convince a fly.No one will be convicted unless it comes from the Holy Spirit. But the advice that I can give you is this: go on your knees and plead for mercy because what I do know is that every word in the Bible is truth.

      william.botha - 2011-09-04 13:10

      No need for that Met, I don't believe in procrastination, but it's your right to do as you please. :)

  • mecan - 2011-09-03 19:37

    conference against racism but pro anti-Semitism. It would make a great joke - too bad its for real. pathetic UN...

      diplomat - 2011-09-03 22:37

      I just visited the Holocaust museum in Berlin. " It happened before and it can happen again" True words. The UN is doing the right thing!

  • MosesMabhida - 2011-09-03 19:51

    The world is a fickle place - Anti-Semitism hasn't gone away; it's merely morphed into hatred of Israel. There are 50 Arab/Muslim nations. There is only one Jewish nation. I lost my respect for the United Nations at the first Durban conference while representing South Africa. Their blind hate is a disgrace to humanity. stay strong Israel - may God change those that hate you, by turning their hate to love - then this world would be a better place.

      darkwing - 2011-09-03 20:06

      A certain part of the world hates people who achieve and who can show something for it.

      Bloodbane_3 - 2011-09-03 20:15

      @MosesMabhida - there is no god.... you all forget there would be no isreal without Hitler

      John - 2011-09-03 20:34

      Well said Moses. God bless Israel.

      Nico - 2011-09-03 21:18

      @bloodbane_3... you are right, there is no god BUT only one God.

      Met - 2011-09-04 06:53

      Blue Lane Where on this earth did you get that rubbish?

  • Deset Rat - 2011-09-03 20:14

    I hope the whole civilized world skips the anti-racism conference. That will leave Palistine, Norway and South African Israeli bashers to take top place for racism.

      vis vang - 2011-09-04 08:56

      Is that right. You shouldn't open your mouth and display your ignorance. There are far more than just 3 nations attending, you dummy

  • Ross - 2011-09-03 20:15

    This conference normally morfs into anti Israel retoric with the backing of the ANC government. The Israelis can call on one million Afrikaner soldiers to help them at any time.

      vis vang - 2011-09-04 08:59

      How are you dutchmen going to get there. The east coast of alberton doesn't have an international airport. Better pack your brylcream too, coz you will not find it is apartheid israel.

      Wonderboy - 2011-09-04 11:58

      @ vis vang I wonder if that is not racism in itself, speaking of dutchmen in such derogatory terms. You are an idiot.

  • John - 2011-09-03 20:31

    The ANC will drag our country even further down the road of shame as they support the Muslim agenda of anti-Semitism.

      vis vang - 2011-09-04 09:00

      and it was better before John.................

  • Gary - 2011-09-03 20:37

    This is definitely a racist sounding conference but that does not make Israel an innocent when they have oppressed Palestinians in their own land (with a system pretty similar to that of apartheid) and murdered Lebanese and Palestinian children with white phosphorous bombs and cluster bombs. Israel has committed crimes that they need to answer for. Before people talk of anti-semitism, remember that Lebanese and Palestinian people are semitic peoples.

      Adam - 2011-09-04 01:40

      how have the palestinians been oppressed when twice they have been offered their own state in the past and twice they have rejected it? just because it has not occured to you yet that the palestinians are more interested in the blood shed of jews and israelis then having anything of their own does mean it is not true. the amount of land and good will israel has given these rubbishes is insane, and the only thing they have ever gotten in return is rockets and suicide bombers. do you know palestinians do not pay taxes yet receive free water and electricity from israel? do u know the palestinians living in jordan lebanon and syria are not even allowed to leave their refugee camps while in israel they work and cross the border into israel? do u know jews are not allowed to step foot near the holiest site in all judasim, despite it being in the middle of jeruslam? do you know every holy jewish site in arab areas has been destroyed and desecrated while every muslim site in israel is under the control of the muslim council? i dont think you have any idea the freedom muslims and palestinians have living inside of israel, nor do i think u have any idea the true intentions of the palestinians. the world is quick to jump on the back of the israelis but quick to forget that israel has never once done to the palestinians what the arab nations have tried to do to israel

      MosesMabhida - 2011-09-04 02:00

      I would love agree with you Gary, however the Palestinian people or should i rather say "leadership" has voted for war with Israel over and over... the Palestinian people have NEVER once voted for peace. Just go read Hamas' charter... google it! every Israeli election the last 60 odd years has been based on the promise of peace with the Palestinian people, however, this never materialised because the Palestinians do not want peace.moreover they love death and paradise with 72 virgins - this type of mentality could never lead to peace. It takes two too tango - but the Palestinian refuse to dance.

  • Mikey777 - 2011-09-03 20:58

    Are you okes for real or what? Did anyone read the article yesterday about Israel not taking any accountability for the killing of innocent Turkish civilians on a huminatirain mission.Let's face it Israel is an apartheid state, I have been to Israel and seen this first hand.South Africa had the old "Dompass"system Israel has their "checkpoints" , children and woman are humiliated. It makes me wonder whether you whingers are from the old apartheid era, anti Anc etc etc, get a life people!!

      Nibiru - 2011-09-03 21:04

      That Bethlehem you went to is in the Free State

      Peg-Leg-Sven - 2011-09-03 21:13

      @Mikey777, what do the Israelis have to apologise for in connection with the deaths on board the Turkish vessel that was attempting to break a legal Blockade? The vessels in the flotilla were given more than one warning to turn back, but the whole purpose of the flotilla was to cause an International incident. And it succeeded in doing just that. The lives that were lost, are the sole responsibility of the organisers of the flotilla and not the Israelis. When the Israelis told the vessel that they were boarding her in accordance with International Maritime Law, the people on board should have stayed silent while the vessel was taken to Egypt. Instead they attacked the Israelis with guns, sticks and anything else they could find to cause death or injury. The Israelis used the only weapons they had, which were in plain sight and not hidden, so they were not to blame at all.

      Mikey777 - 2011-09-03 21:23

      Peg Leg you talk utter crap, well with a name like yours who can take you seriously.Take off your blinkers, nobody was armed on the vessel, just talk to the people who were on board the flotilla.

      Nibiru - 2011-09-03 21:31

      With a name like yours are you taking the mikey

      Dmitri - 2011-09-03 21:42

      @micky777 and just why are those checkpoints for? Did you work in the Kibbutz? Did you serve? You say they were not armed on the flotilla! Amazing how you watch the MSM which is anti Israel. Do you know the unit involved? Do you know how many Israeli soldiers were killed? Do you know how many warnings were given by Israel? You really need to shake your head because your eyeballs are glued stuck.

      Dmitri - 2011-09-03 21:44

      Forgot to mention. If you knew, then you would not need to google and impress everyone with your "knowledge"

      Mikey777 - 2011-09-03 21:53

      Hey Dmitri, I went to see the birthplace of Jesus and trust me I saw what I saw. Amazing how the truth hurts doesn't it? Jesus was sent to the Isrealites and they betrayed him, remember Judas? Israel is made up of the same "Judases" they say one thing to the world and do something else, they cannot be trusted.( and trust me this is not in Google, it is in my Bible)

      diplomat - 2011-09-03 22:44

      the UN said Israel had the right to protect the coastal line, it was illegal for the ship to come there. That is all. It also said that Israel was too harsh on the people on the ship. Checkpoints are there, because Palestine terrorists attack Israel all the time. I also feel that Palestine (the ordinary citizens) are suffering a lot under these conditions and they should get their act together and realize they are cousins...all of them and get on with each other!

  • Paul - 2011-09-03 21:06

    Germany and the USA should be there making damn sure that ANY anti-semetic and ANY racist statements rebuffed and met with strong opposition. Lead by example!

      vis vang - 2011-09-04 09:00

      They are both too broke to attend.

  • Dirge - 2011-09-04 08:27

    I really enjoy religious nuts arguing over there versions of the spaghetti monster. Its like 2 mentally ill people arguing over whos voices in there heads are shouting the loudest, just with more people killing each other for false reasons.

  • Nom-de-guerre - 2011-09-04 08:36

    The Germans continue to be hounded by the Zionists because they allow themselves to be so. The Germans have paid enough already so don't let the Zionists bully you any longer (financially or diplomatically). The Japanese did far worse crimes during WWII and they have been granted amnesty long ago, so did the Afrikaners. It seems that the Germans are suppose to have a permanent bad conscience about what happened in the past and this is just wrong. Times of the "Erbsuende" don't exist anymore.

      Met - 2011-09-04 12:56

      When are you being discharged?

  • vis vang - 2011-09-04 08:55

    Germany boycotts because they are in support of the white christian skinheads who terrorize most immigrants.

  • Nom-de-guerre - 2011-09-04 08:57

    Racist countries should not attend this conference.

      V. Zela - 2011-09-04 11:41

      That means nobody will be there

  • Wayne - 2011-09-04 13:33

    It just draws attention to issues we all feel uncomfortable discussing anyway. Race and's been done and overcooked and still no solution. Waste of time and money.

  • Messenger - 2011-09-04 14:09

    An Arab Christian explains why he supports Israel and exposes the root of the problems in the Middle East: Muslim hatred for Jews.

  • Messenger - 2011-09-04 14:12

    Ex-Muslim Ali Sina debates a Palestinian over Israel: It's a lengthy, but very good debate. It contains some shocking imagery as well.

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