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Saturday, April 18, 2009
Issue of Israeli Racism Banned; Marginalized at UN DURBAN II conference
EXCERPT 1:..on Apr. 3, less than three weeks before the Durban Review Conference, the UN High Commissioner's office called BADIL's representative in Geneva into a meeting at the UN, and verbally informed her that all side-events pertaining to the specific issue of Palestine and Israel had been banned.
"We were not even informed in any sort of direct of official way. In fact, we have no record of the decision of the UN not to let us work on such side- events," says Jarradat-Gassner.
According to the UN's Durban Review Conference agenda, other side-events focusing on indigenous rights, women's rights and the link between racism and poverty will have an official platform. EXCERPT 2...Anticipating a limited platform for debate and discussion on Israel's actions in Palestine, BADIL helped structure a separate symposium along with international Palestinian human rights and justice organisations and sponsored by the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee.
Entitled the Israel Review Conference: United Against Apartheid, Colonialism and Occupation: Dignity & Justice for the Palestinian People, these Palestine- focused NGOs will have a platform to address international civil society two days before the Durban Review conference commences.