Liveblogging the Anti-Durban Conference
September 22, 2011 - 8:42 am
1:30 p.m. — Sultan: The UN must return to its objectives. It has neglected them under pressure from Islamist countries.
1:25 p.m. — Sultan: When I emigrated from Syria, I never thought I would be in the position of having to defend Israel from within the United States.
She’s detailing her miseducation at the hands of Syria’s schools and government. “Killing Jews was always presented to me and my classmates as a religious obligation.” ” When planted in the mind of a child, this hatred generates … death.”
“Durban III teaches the same sentiments with which my mind was poisoned.” Never heard her speak before, she really is excellent in person. The room has gotten silent, very respectful.
1:19 p.m. — “Kudos to those who walked out, but why were they there in the first place?”
Wafa Sultan is up now, I believe we are streaming again.
1:17 p.m. — “I know that this is interesting, but I have a copy of his speech, and it doesnt get any better.” He’s been pulled, we’re restarting the conference.
1:17 p.m. — He’s pissed that bin Laden didn’t get tried by a court. Seriously, it’s like I’m reading The Nation.
1:16 p.m. — They threaten anyone who questions the Holocaust with sanctions and military actions. Wait, what?
1:16 p.m. — If I close my eyes, I would have absolutely no means of knowing if this was Ahmadinejad or Michael Moore.
1:15 p.m. — I still haven’t heard the words “United States”. He’s such a tease.
1:15 p.m. — Looks like the first members of the General Assembly are walking out, to a round of applause. Actually looks like a good percentage of the room is up and leaving, a promising sign.
Venezuela is pleased to have the extra leg room.
1:10 p.m. — Mercifully, our feed is down.
1:05 p.m. — “Who is the government that threatens all other nations with any excuse?” I think he means the U.S. This sounds like a guy who might be susceptible to a bit of “smart diplomacy”, no?
1:01 p.m. — Zionists are responsible for slavery, both world wars, the war in Korea, and mass murder in the Palestinian territories.
The West’s economy is based on wars or something. He does look a bit like Kucinich…
1:00 p.m. — He is terribly concerned about world poverty — he using the 20% have most of the resources, while 80% have very little, etc. This isn’t terribly different from what we hear from John Kerry. It’s this kind of talk that gets you a dinner at Columbia U.
12:56 p.m. — He’s doing his disjointed religious yapping, as he is wont to do. While this appears to be filler from an Islamist, it’s not so — his words are direct exhortations to support his 12th Imam cult.
12:53 p.m. — “His Excellency.”
Allah has been praised. He begins by asking for a hastening of the arrival of the Mahdi. Note the Mahdi is supposed to arrive following the destruction of Israel.
12:45 p.m — It appears we will be holding off restarting our conference so we can listen to a live feed from Ahmadinejad. “Feel free to go get a cup of tea” if you’re not interested, we are told, as this will not be a pleasant thing to listen to.
12:11 p.m. — Claudia Rosett has joined us, watching the live feed from the Durban III roundtables across the street. A lovely, heartwarming speech from Iran’s Foreign Minister, during which I believe he accused Israel of disseminating racist literature or something.
12:01 p.m. — Breaking for lunch, word is that Ahmadinejad is about to speak across the street.
12:00 p.m. — Israel must not agree to internationalization of its security.” Bravo.
Gold releases a never before seen satellite photo of the area below the Litani, marking which structures are Hezbollah. It’s a fascinating picture, will try to get this on the site here.
11:45 a.m. — Former Israeli Ambassador to the UN Dore Gold, speaking about Resolution 1701 which followed the recent Israel Lebanon war. The area beneath the Litani River was supposed to be demilitarized according to the Resolution, instead Hezbollah has tripled it’s rockets in the area. “This is exactly what Khan Yunis in the Gaza Strip looked like before they began their rocket attacks.”
“What can Israel do? Find ways of separating the military equipment from the civilian population,” as Israel did with Gaza by warning residents prior to attacking sites.
“Ehud Olmert today mentioned in the NY Times that Israel should withdraw from the West Bank, and cede religious sites to international sovereignty, including Saudi Arabia… Sorry, Ehud, you’re not Prime Minister anymore.” ” Israel needs to be responsible for it’s own defense.”
11:30 a.m. — Ed Koch: “Durban III is a big flop … they have failed in their PR front.”
Again: ” … every house has a cesspool.”
Whoa — Koch just gave a line that essentially boiled down to: “Drill, Baby, drill”. This is a Dem?
11:15a.m. — Following a stirring speech from Israeli Minister of Information and Diaspora Yuri Edelstein, the conference attendees were informed of the latest from the General Assembly: the UN voted to move up the adoption of the Durban statement on racism this morning, and the country asking for the schedule change was … Sudan.
Alan Dershowitz speaking now, drawing applause.
Moments ago, Roger L. Simon grabbed a few minutes with Ed Koch, a key figure from the NY-9 election, which Roger got him to comment on. Koch additionally offered this, eh, gem (paraphrasing):
The UN is a cesspool! But every house needs a cesspool.
Look for the footage on PJTV.
Additionally, I hear reports of a James O’Keefe sighting.