Abusing Elie Wiesel at Durban II

5. The Iranian in the video is, however, unwittingly observing a kind of etiquette by using the word Zionazi, which doesn't contain the word Jew. The Iranian presumably knows that Wiesel is not an Israeli, and his point is hardly to accuse him of being active in Israel's cause; his point is that as a member of the accursed Jewish people Wiesel is a proper target of hatred and fury. Today, though, the haters of Israel and Jews increasingly use the word Zionist instead of Jew to imply that theirs is not the old, stigmatized anti-Semitism. Rather, it is an ideology centering on the sinful creation and existence of the state of Israel as the center of the Jewish people, an ideology justified by that state's evil conduct and the support for that conduct by Jews outside of Israel.

6. The video displays verbal and emotional barbarism in sharp relief and, ideally, should be viewed by all those who believe Western actors should participate in events like Durban II since that "dialogue" is always worthwhile and capable of achieving something. The video is an example of what happens when all civilized standards are suspended in the interest of accommodating and appeasing those outside the realm of the civilized. Tolerating the presence of the likes of Ahmadinejad means opening the door to, and becoming tainted and complicit with, a kind of barbarism that is unequivocal and can only be unequivocally opposed.

And that has long been, and continues to be, the story of the UN. We've come a long way from the days when gun-toting arch-terrorist Yasser Arafat addressed the world body. Nine Western nations, along with Israel, scored a small but significant moral improvement by refusing to participate Durban II . But that most of the Western countries have insisted on taking part, and joined in reaffirming the Durban I resolution that singles out Israel alone for censure as "racist," means the kind of blind barbarism represented by the Iranian in the video remains ascendant.