From Stand With Us (thanks to Joseph), a stand against the UN’s jihad against Israel and indifference to the jihad against Darfur. If you’re in the great city, please make every effort to be there:
NYC DEMONSTRATION AGAINST THE UNITED NATIONS’ FAILURE TO ADDRESS WORLDWIDE HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES
MONDAY, APRIL 20 AT NOON AT DAG HAMMARSKJOLD PLAZA
CONGRESSMAN SCOTT GARRETT (R-NJ) TO SPEAK
STANDWITHUS STAFF WILL POST LIVE ON “TWITTER”
(April 17–New York.) — Concerned citizens, organizations and community leaders will rally at noon on Monday April 20 at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza to challenge the UN’s failure to address gross human rights abuses around the world. Congressman Scott Garrett (R-NJ) who has spoken out against Durban II will speak.
The demonstration is timed to coincide with the first day of the UN Human Rights Council’s [HRC] controversial Durban II conference in Geneva, Switzerland. Similar demonstrations will be held in Geneva to protest against the HRC and the Durban II agenda.
StandWithUs, an international education organization, planned the NYC rally in cooperation with the New York Board of Rabbis, AMCHA, The David Project, the Orthodox Union and other organizations.
Avi Posnick, SWU East Coast community outreach director will introduce speakers at the NY rally including Rabbi Joseph Potasnik, executive vice president of the New York Board of Rabbis and community activist Curtis Sliwa, founder of the Guardian Angels and NY770 KABC radio.
SWU staff will be “Tweeting” – i.e. sending short updates via Twitter.com — live from the rally. People can follow the Posts or respond at: http://twitter.com/StandWithUs.
Explanatory postcards and posters specifically prepared for the rally and Durban II are downloadable at www.standwithus.com.
Explains Roz Rothstein, SWU international director who will travel to Geneva to be a witness, “It is time for the public to demand that the United Nations actually promote human rights. The HRC’s Durban conference is a glaring symptom of the UN’s failures. The first Durban conference in South Africa in 2001 was supposed to address racism and racial discrimination. Instead, it was a racist hate fest against Israel and Jews. This follow-up conference, Durban II, promises to be just as bad. We must put an end to this travesty of UN ideals.”
She will be accompanied to Geneva by StandWithUs staff including Education Director Roberta Seid, PhD, and the Director of the SWU Israel Office Michael Dickson. SWU staff will also be posting on Twitter from the conferences and rallies. Rothstein is introducing Harvard professor Alan Dershowitz at a rally.
“The HRC has obsessively focused on condemning Israel, the one democracy in the Middle East, instead of dealing with the suffering in Darfur, Liberia, and the Congo, or with the systematic oppression of women, gays, religious and ethnic minorities, and children in reactionary regimes across the globe,” states Avi Posnick, StandWithUs East Coast outreach coordinator.
Critics point out that the 47-member HRC is dominated by non-free nations. They are among the worst violators of the human rights they are supposed to uphold; they include Angola, China, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, and Cuba. They block HRC investigations of their abuses and instead vote to praise each other. They ignore serial human rights violations and incitement to genocide by Hamas, Hezbollah, Iran, and Syria. Iran, which has called for the destruction of Israel, is one of the vice-chairs for planning Durban II.
“The HRC’s obsessive focus on Israel and its manufactured allegations against this one, small country that scrupulously upholds humanitarian values even as it fights terrorism are symptoms of the disease that is destroying the UN’s ability to promote human rights. People of good will are fed up. At the rally, we will finally speak out and demand that the UN start living up to its own ideals,” asserts Rothstein.
StandWithUs, an international, non-profit Israel education organization, hosts speakers and conferences, offers website resources and creates brochures and materials about Israel that are distributed globally. Based in Los Angeles, the organization has offices across the U.S. and in Israel and the UK. SWU was founded in 2001 in response to the public’s need and desire for mainstream information about the Arab-Israeli conflict. StandWithUsCampus helps college students challenge anti-Israel bias.