Obama rewards the demoness of Durban 2

Jennifer Rubin writes:

Mary Robinson, U.N. Commissioner and former president of Ireland, is being awarded the Medal of Freedom by Obama. Well, isn’t that just dandy. Who is Mary Robinson? You may remember her role in presiding over the infamous Durban I Conference. At the time she joined Rashid Khalidi at Columbia University (no, you can’t make this up), this report summarized the objections to her hiring, given her record in overseeing the infamous Israel-bashing event:

Columbia has “become a hotbed of anti-Israel haters,” said the president of the Zionist Organization of America, Morton Klein. “It’s especially astonishing that a school with such a large Jewish population would insult Jewish people by hiring these haters of the Jewish state of Israel.”

The groups also blame Ms. Robinson for allowing the Durban conference to become a global platform for anti-Israel venting. Ms. Robinson, as the United Nations high commissioner for human rights, rejected many American demands to remove anti-Israel language from final conference documents.

“Under Mary Robinson’s leadership the Human Rights Commission was one-sided and extremist. In her tenure at the HRC, she lacked fairness in her approach to the Israeli/Palestinian issue,” said the chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, James Tisch. “I am hopeful — for the sake of her students and the reputation of Columbia — that as she enters the world of academia she will demonstrate more balance in her views.”

Recently deceased congressman and human-rights champion Tom Lantos had this to say:

Mary Robinson’s lack of leadership was a major contributing factor to the debacle in Durban. Her yearning to have a “dialogue among civilizations” blinded her to the reality that the noble goals of her conference had been usurped by some of the world’s least tolerant and most repressive states, wielding human rights claims as a weapon in a political dispute.

But Durban was not the only blot on her record. As Michael Rubin pointed out in this 2002 column, in her capacity as president of Ireland, she also happily provided millions of dollars of support to the PLO, which were used in terror attacks:

During the last four years of Robinson’s tenure, the European Union donated large sums of money to the Palestinian Authority. Ireland even held the presidency of the European Union for the second half of 1996. During this time, Arafat siphoned large amounts of European aid money away to pay for terror. Robinson can plead ignorance, but documents seized during the recent Israeli incursion into the West Bank revealed that the Palestinian Authority spent approximately $9 million of European Union aid money each month on the salaries of those organizing terror attacks against civilians. While European officials like Robinson looked the other way, the Palestinian Authority regularly converted millions of dollars of aid money into shekels at rates about 20 percent below normal, allowing the Palestinian chairman to divert millions of dollars worth of aid into his personal slush fund.

And then in her post-Durban career, she proceeded on the same Israel-bashing course that has made her infamous among supporters of Israel:

Robinson’s post-Durban record is little better. On April 15, Robinson’s commission voted on a decision that condoned suicide bombings as a legitimate means to establish Palestinian statehood (six European Union members voted in favor including, not surprisingly, France and Belgium). The vote came after Robinson initiated a drive to become a fact finder to investigate the now-famous massacre in Jenin (also known as “the massacre that never happened”).

There are no words to describe how atrocious a selection this is. But it does speak volumes about the president’s sympathies. And now, will the same voices that condemned her appointment to Columbia step forward? We hope. Somewhere, Tom Lantos is weeping.

  • eoin73

    What utter sutpidity by y'all moronic Zionists.

    “During the last four years of Robinson’s tenure,”

    Of Ireland

    ” the European Union donated large sums of money to the Palestinian Authority.”

    Not decided by Mary Robinson

    “Ireland even held the presidency of the European Union for the second half of 1996.”

    So why mention the “last four years of Marys Presidency if we are now down to 6 months. The presidency of Europe is a rotating chairmanship, where the meetings of the heads of the executive ( not State) meet in the home cities of the presidency. It has nothing to do with the Irish Presidency which is a ceremonial role. Rubin could use this kind of “logic” to prove the Queen was an anti-semite, or Blair ( more importantly since he did chair the presidency of the European Union at this time). For 6 months. Like every single European nation since.

    Look it up.

    “During this time, Arafat siphoned large amounts of European aid money away to pay for terror. Robinson can plead ignorance,”

    indeed she can

    ” but “

    weasal “but”

    “documents seized during the recent Israeli incursion into the West Bank revealed that the Palestinian Authority spent approximately $9 million of European Union aid money each month on the salaries of those organizing terror attacks against civilians. While European officials like Robinson looked the other way,”

    She wasnt a European offical, and had nothing to do with the EU. She had no power in Ireland either, for that matter, since the Irish presidency is a ceremonial role. She had no power to tax anybody in Ireland, or deliver state funding, or anything.

    (Not that finding documents that show the Palenstinian authority giving money to the PLO proves anything against the actual powers like Blair, Chirac etc. who were involved in the presidency of Europe as Heads of the Executive: but Blair was chair of the Presidency of Europe for a time. So use Rubin's logic against him)

    This is an example of Neo-Con weasal talk. Educated people know the score. Neo-cons know the score too – Rubin probably knows the EU presidency is rotating, and does not involve the Irish presidency, but the idea is to convince shit-kicker, morons, and vulgar zionists.

    Fuck that. The fact that people believe this shit explains exactly why neo-cons lead Americans into war.

    • eoin73 –

      I'm not going to eliminate your comment although we prefer our commenters to have good manners and to make their point without descending to potty-mouthed abuse. Doesn't it occur to you that it reflects badly on the person you are defending? One wonders if all supporters of Mary Robinson are equally uncouth.

      However, you do articulate a point of view, and you bring some facts to support it, so that part of your comment is acceptable as an argument. I do not think it comes anywhere near to answering the whole case against Mary Robinson, but it is not entirely without substance.

      You are welcome to comment again, and to disagree as heartily as you wish, but we request you to do it in a civilized way.