Good news. The Netherlands is threatening to boycott UN’s Durban II summit on racism if the overt doctrinal anti-Semitism on display in the first Durban summit is not removed from the conference documents. The Dutch foreign minister, Maxime Verhagen, was particularly blunt, asserting that “It seems like the sole intention [of Durban II] is to criticize Israel and condemn the West for slavery and its colonial history.”
Right now, only Canada and Israel have withdrawn from the conference, with the United States dawdling in its decision. A Dutch refusal would carry important symbolic weight: The Hague hosts the International Criminal Court and the World Court. But a threat is often the opposite of an action, so for the time being, we’ll have to wait for the Hague’s final decision. Oh yes, and for Washington’s as well.