Monday, June 9, 2008

UN-speakable hypocrisy

Monday, June 2nd 2008, 8:46 AM

Fascism is alive and well right here in New York City. Home base is Conference Room 1 of United Nations headquarters, where the UN Committee on Non-governmental Organizations is now in session.

There are more than 3,000 non-governmental organizations, or NGOs, that are officially accredited by the UN's central processing body. Representing a range of people and interests from around the globe, these groups can enter UN premises, get access to meetings and decision-makers and speak at UN bodies like the Human Rights Council.

Now, the UN is on a warpath against one particular NGO. It is poised tomorrow to revoke these basic access rights from the World Union of Progressive Judaism. Yes, the WUPJ - which represents more than 1.7 million reform, progressive, liberal and reconstructionist Jews all over the world - is about to have its privileges to attend and speak at UN events erased.

What was its sin? Daring to speak clearly against UN human rights hypocrisy.

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