Ynet News (Israel) reported today on the latest UN summit promoting "Middle East peace."
A UN conference, held at the European Parliament in Brussels, heard an array of speakers call for a boycott against Israel and strategize on ways to achieve its international isolation, during the first day of an event billed by organizers as a gathering to promote "Middle East peace".
The 'International Conference of Civil Society in Support of Israeli-Palestinian Peace' has been organized by the UN's Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, and attracted political figures and pro-Palestinian members of non governmental organizations (NGOs).
The UN always seems so concerned for the rights of the Palestinians, but they never seem to care about the right of Israelis not to be blown up by Palestinians. I guess I don't understand "inalienable rights" properly.
According to the Bnei Brith organization, which sent delegates to attend the conference from its European Affairs Office, British Member of Parliament Clare Short said during her speech that Israel was not interested in a two-state solution, and blasted the EU for "allowing" Israel to build "an apartheid wall".
"The boycott worked for South Africa, it is time to do it again," Short was quoted as saying.
The security fence was also attacked by the European Parliament's vice president, Edward McMillan-Scott, who maintained that it would not bring peace to Israel. McMillan-Scott added that the European Parliament was committed to "a two state solution with safe borders," according to the Bnei Brith report of the conference.
McMillan-Scott is an idiot. The fence is indeed bringing peace to Israel. Attacks on Israelis by the Palestinians are down about 90% from before the fence was built. That makes life much more peaceful for Israel.
Pierre Galand, European coordinator of the Committees and Associations for Palestine, claimed that the conference was taking place despite pressures to cancel it, and blamed the Fatah-Hamas conflict on "Israeli policy".
You gotta love Pierre (the name looks French, quelle choque!). No matter what bad thing happens in the Middle East, it's Israel's fault. When Fatah and Hamas fight for power over Gaza, that's because Israel made them do it--I presume because Israel had the gall to withdraw and put the PA completely in charge. Of course, the attacks on Israel from Gaza before the withdrawal were probably Israel's fault too. Guys like this sure are consistent.
The one bright spot for Israel in this was... Poland.
Ynet News reported August 16, 2007, that Poland was planning to boycott the conference.
"I will not take part in this conference. I saw the materials prepared by the organizers," Bronisław Geremek, a Polish MEP, was quoted by Polish website, Europa21 as saying.
"Although there is no official statement that Israel must be pushed down to the sea there, the choice of subjects and the attitude towards the problems shows that it will be a biased, conflict generating conference. Actually we can call it anti-Israeli," he said.
"There is not the first such initiative. (The) Pro-Palestinian lobby is very active here. If in fact, the conference will become propagandist, Israelis can count on Poles," Boguslaw Sonik, another Polish MEP, said.
And, so far, Israel can count on America. That's two countries still on her side.