Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Ahmedinejad & Durban II
Free Palestine poster I by ~AutaAutistik on deviantART
"Why is it that the so-called advocates of freedom of information fear hearing other people's opinions?" asks Ahmedinejad, upon returning to Iran from Geneva where he addressed Durban II delegates.
Not a difficult question to answer when it comes to turning a critical gaze to the practices and constitution of the state of Israel. Even to mention the idea of Palestinian rights is to bring all manners of Israel-defenders-at-all-costs -- including the acceptance of the racism against and genocide of Palestinian people -- to your doorstep or cyber portal.
Ahmedinejad points out the double standards that the West has towards others who speak out, in particular exposing truths about how the functioning of the state of Israel results in the repression of Palestinian rights, where basic democratic rights, such as carrying a Palestinian flag and protesting the Apartheid Wall can get you killed.
And while Ahmedinejad's Iranian regime rightly stands accused of human rights abuses and other injustices, however, in Western and zionist media it is reduced only to that. Ahmedinejad is accused by zionists of a revisionist history and lies, which is said with no sense of recognition of Israel's revisionist history and lies that have wiped out the Nakba and the rights of Palestinians.
Ahmedinejad has been accused of using the Durban platform for political grandstanding, his address as "offensive and inflammatory" and "hate speech", and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated afterwards: "I deplore the use of this platform by the Iranian president to accuse, divide and even incite,” Ban said. “This is the opposite of what this conference seeks to achieve. This makes it significantly more difficult to build constructive solutions to the very real problem of racism.”
"Although his speech prompted a temporary walkout by certain delegates, the UN assembly hall received a rapturous applause from those delegations that had remained seated."
During the Durban II conference, which opened in Geneva on Monday, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called Israel "the most cruel and repressive racist regime."
He also criticized the West for their unconditional support for Israeli aggression against the people of Palestine and their acts of violence in the Middle East region.
"It is all the more regrettable that a number of Western governments and the United States have committed themselves to defending those racist perpetrators of genocide while the awakened-conscience and free-minded people of the world condemn aggression, brutalities and the bombardment of civilians in Gaza," he said.