The hypocrisy of critics of conference on racism

April 23, 2009 - 0:0

It is odd that certain Western countries are irritated when Iran or any other country says Israel’s actions are clear examples of racism.

Israel’s discrimination against Palestinians is so obvious that there is no need to elaborate on the matter, let alone get angry.
The shocking scenes of the Gaza war are still fresh in the minds of the people of the world.
If the merciless war on Gaza was not an act of racist hatred, then what was it!
If the current attempt to expel the Palestinians from their homes in East Beit-ul-Moqaddas (East Jerusalem) is not racism, what is it!
And there are many other racist acts committed in the occupied territories every day.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Nentanyahu’s demand that the Palestinians must recognize Israel as a precondition for renewing peace talks is also clearly a discriminatory move.
However, upon hearing these facts mentioned by President Ahmadinejad, about 40 diplomats from Britain, France, and other European Union countries walked out of the hall at the conference on racism in Geneva on Monday.
Even this strong reaction to the Iranian president’s criticism of the racist nature of Israel could be interpreted as an example of racism.
Officials of Western countries, who incessantly harangue other countries about the virtues of freedom of speech and freedom of opinion, should not get angry when the Iranian president -– or anyone else -- airs his views about the current examples of racism in the world, whether they agree with them or not.
Iran has always strongly opposed any attempt to equate Zionism with Judaism.
Thus, even European Jews, who were the victims of Nazi racism during World War II, could have reacted positively to the statements of the Iranian president rather than protest against Ahmadinejad’s speech criticizing Israel’s racist actions.
However, all people are free to express their views.
Zionist groups had lobbied heavily for a boycott of the conference, claiming it could become a forum for “anti-Semitic” views.
But just the contrary, the conference is a forum to empathize with the victims of racism and draw up plans to deal with racism across the globe, and Jews, who were themselves the victims of pogroms, the Holocaust, and other acts of discrimination, can also benefit from such efforts.
Only racists get angry when it is pointed out that certain individuals or countries are racist.