Walking around Upper Manhattan, I hear a man's voice shout, "Tingy wei wei! Me want to drink tea!" I am stunned into silence, and keep walking. It is only a half a block later when I can even think. "Seriously?!"
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In the eight years since the Durban I debacle, the producers of this global sham hadn't come up with anything more original than to blame Israel for the world's racist problems.
Serious defense of Israel shone alongside clever and zany protest at the United Nations Conference Against Racism in Geneva, Switzerland earlier this week.
I leave Geneva disappointed and sad. Disappointed at the amazing success and desire, evidently, of the Iranians to add value to their ever growing bad rap.
I call for another Conference, truly antiracist, truly faithful to the ideals of the United Nations. Let's forget about Durban II. Let's prepare for Geneva III.
Ahmadinejad's grandstanding in Geneva, and the immediate protests it caused, can be observed through many lenses, but they also can be understood as acts of theater.
In boycotting the second United Nations Conference Against Racism, President Barack Obama has shown leadership in opposing anti-Semitism.
Right wing groups, like the RJC, should be commending President Obama for his policy on Durban, not waging misleading attacks.
Many of these new nattering nabobs are made up of those Jewish critics of the president who are intent on proving his bad intentions toward Israel no matter what the facts show.
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