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has learned from UN sources that the campaign by the Israel Lobby in the United
States to discredit former Irish President and UN Human Rights
Commissioner Mary Robinson was aided and abetted by a long-time
UN liaison �consultant� who has worked for both Secretary Generals Kofi
Annan and Ban Ki-moon.
The consultant attempted to put the imprimatur of the UN on
a number of news stories that were placed in the major media. On May 10, former
U.S. ambassador to the UN John Bolton, who is now a senior fellow with the
neocon citadel, the American Enterprise Institute, penned a screed against
Robinson in the Wall Street Journal that accused Robinson of tolerating
an anti-Semitic, anti-Israel, and anti-American platform at the World
Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa in 2001.
Major Jewish organizations in the United States criticized
President Obama for awarding Robinson the Presidential Medal of Freedom at a
White House ceremony last week. Obama was also criticized by the minions of the
Israel Lobby for awarding the same medal to retired South African Anglican
Archbishop Desmond Tutu. The same Israeli Lobby interests were also at the
forefront of criticism of former President Jimmy Carter for his defense of the
Palestinians and his likening their situation to blacks in apartheid South
Africa. Carter was likewise accused of �anti-Semitism,� a rather familiar
refrain from apologists for Israel�s brand of apartheid practiced against
Palestinians and Israeli Arabs alike.
The program to discredit Robinson and Tutu may have had the
opposite effect of what Jewish organizations and the Israel Lobby intended. The
venal barrage against Robinson and Tutu, both of whom are highly thought of
among UN diplomats, has created a backlash against both the Israel Lobby in the
United States and Israel, according to our UN sources.
The actions against Robinson and Tutu are not helped by the
fact that the Israeli government is refusing to cooperate with a UN probe into
Israeli war crimes in Gaza.
Critics of the Durban conference cite the discussions held
there about the nature of Zionism as a racist philosophy. If the case of former
U.S. Representative and 2008 Green Party presidential candidate Cynthia
McKinney is any indication, Israel has institutionalized racism. After McKinney
and her party of human rights campaigners were arrested in international waters
in June for trying to deliver critical humanitarian supplies to the beleaguered
people of Gaza, McKinney was put into a prison in Ashdod, assigned prisoner
number 88794, and segregated in a cell with female Ethiopian economic refugees.
And if that bit of Jim Crow tactics with a Kosher flair was not enough,
McKinney told WMR that she was subjected by her Israeli jailers to everything �but
a full body search.�
WMR has also learned that Israel�s El Al Airlines is doing a
booming business in transporting expelled critics of Israel back to their home
countries. Last year, American Professor Norman Finkelstein, a critic of
Israeli policies, was expelled from Israel after being detained for 24 hours.
Last year, Israel also expelled American Professor Richard Falk, the UN�s
special rapporteur on the Palestinian territories, after being detained in a
shabby Israeli prison cell. Finkelstein and Falk are both Jewish.
Other travelers to Israel, including Americans of Arab
descent and those supporting the Palestinian cause, are routinely taken into
custody by Israeli security forces, imprisoned, and expelled on the first
available El Al flight.
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