The Washington Post, Friday, February 20, 2009 carried a story that gravely falsified the facts surrounding the Obama Administration
The article by Colum Lynch, entitled "U.S. Holds Firm on Reparations,
The article then quoted from a member of the Obama delegation, Felice Gaer (American Jewish Committee): "The administration "is pushing back against efforts to brand
In fact, the Obama administration did nothing of the kind. As reported by Anne Bayefsky, Editor, EYEontheUN.org, the American delegation did not object to the proposal from the Palestinian delegation for a paragraph on Palestinians. Here is what Bayefsky has reported, all statements having been made, and actions taken, in a public session of the Durban II planning committee.
Thursday, February 19, 2009 "
...a paragraph the Palestinian delegation proposed Tuesday in the presence of the American representatives:
Calls for an end of all actions violating international human rights and humanitarian law, the respect for the principle of self-determination and an end of all suffering. Calls also for implementation of international legal obligations, including the advisory opinion of the International Court of Justice on the wall, and the international protection of the Palestinian people throughout the occupied Palestinian territory.
Chair: Now let’s move on to paragraph . . .
Dead silence again, despite the fact that an objection could have made a real difference by putting the paragraph unequivocally in dispute. Everybody knew that there was no other country-specific provision in the 250-paragraph-plus document. Yet there were no comments objecting to the idea of singling out
As Bayefsky pointed out the
Bayefsky also notes that there is no doubt about what it means to include Palestinians in Durban II. "The new paragraph is scheduled to appear in a section called “Identification of further concrete measures and initiatives at all levels for combating and eliminating all manifestations of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance . . .” with the subtitle “General provisions on victims and grounds of discrimination.”