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The Battle of Durban II [electronic resource]: Israel, Palestine, and the United Nations World Conference Against Racism

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The 2009 Durban Review Conference, or Durban II, was a follow-up to the UN Human Rights Council's disastrous 2001 World Conference against Racism in Durban, South Africa, where Palestinian sympathizers denounced Israel as racist, and supporters of Israel charged the UN with "demonization" of Israel. But Durban II proved to be even more divisive than its predecessor, marked by a controversial speech by Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and boycotted by Israel and the U.S., among several other countries. This important program examines how the longstanding conflict between Israel and Palestine dramatically disrupted two successive UN conferences - overshadowing discussions about human rights issues elsewhere - and the attempts to come to an official consensus amid protests and counter-protests. Featuring interviews with UN officials and representatives from Human Rights Watch, the Simon Wiesenthal Center, and others, it presents a balanced look at the difficulties the UN faces in progressing towards peace worldwide.
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81 min.
10 & up
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on April 13, 2013.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
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Israel, Palestine, and the United Nations World Conference against Racism
United Nations World Conference against Racism
  • UN Conference Against Racism (1:30)
  • Zionism and Racism (2:30)
  • Anti-Semitic Rhetoric (2:14)
  • Israel Criticized at Durban (1:46)
  • NGO Conference Denounces Zionism (2:30)
  • Anger at U.S. Walkout (1:13)
  • Conference After U.S. Departure (2:11)
  • Human Rights Organizations and Durban (2:04)
  • Sept. 11 and Consequences (3:08)
  • Durban II (2:18)
  • Palestinian Perspective on Geneva (1:21)
  • Pro-Israel Mobilization (3:15)
  • Bush Unilateralism and Durban Review Conference (2:01)
  • Canada and Israel Boycott Durban (1:08)
  • Obama, Islam and Israel (2:39)
  • Obama Engages Durban II (2:51)
  • U.S. Boycott Threat (1:20)
  • Reaction to U.S. Boycott (2:48)
  • Geneva (2:00)
  • Compromise on Durban II Document (3:22)
  • Anti-Israel UN Bloc (0:48)
  • Islam and International Human Rights Battles (2:19)
  • U.S. Delays Announcement (0:47)
  • NGOs at Geneva 2009 (3:28)
  • Islamic Countries' Rights Violations (3:04)
  • U.S. Rejects Durban II (2:32)
  • Durban II Opens (1:24)
  • Ahmadinejad at Racism Conference (3:21)
  • Anti-Ahmadinejad Protests (1:22)
  • Reaction to Ahmadinejad's Speech (2:41)
  • Jewish Response to Ahmadinejad (2:06)
  • Israel Controversy Dominates Conference (1:55)
  • NGOs Marginalized (2:04)
  • Israel and Durban II (2:44)
  • Tamil Protests (1:54)
  • Credits: The Battle of Durban II: Israel, Palestine, and the United Nations World Conference against Racism (1:46)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2013], c2010.
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53178 Films Media Group
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1 streaming video file (81 min.) : sd., col.
Mode of access: Internet.
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