Durban I and 9/11: Two Sides of the Same Coin

Two events that took place a decade ago still reverberate today.  It remains to be seen whether we have internalized the necessary lessons in order to move toward a safer future. The 2001 World Conference against Racism in Durban ("Durban I") is remembered primarily for its open displays of hatred toward Israel and the Jewish people.  Demonstrators marched through the streets chanting anti-Semitic slogans, and numerous handouts would have done the Nazis of the 1930's proud.  Virtually every session was hijacked by those seeking to turn the conference into a forum for demonizing and delegitimizing Israel.  As one observer noted, "[t]he cynicism and intentional disregard of human rights and freedom was mind-boggling." Those who believed that America was immune from such unthinking prejudice were proven wrong less than a week later.  Three thousand people were murdered on 9/11 for no reason other than that they lived in America.  In the aftermath of that...(Read Full Article)

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