Israel Boycotts UN Racism Conference

Posted on November 20, 2008 In Blog

As reported below by the AP, Israel has decided to boycott the United Nations conference on racism scheduled for next year. This conference dubbed “Durban II” is turning into a repeat of the 2001 Durban conference that shamefully labeled Zionism and Israel as racist enterprises. The Orthodox Union applauded Israel’s departure from this conference in 2001 and commends this newest boycott.

Israel boycotts UN racism conference

November 20, 2008

JERUSALEM – Israel will boycott a United Nations conference on racism next year, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said yesterday, charging it would be biased against Israel and aim to delegitimize the Jewish state.

The next World Conference Against Racism is scheduled to take place next April in Geneva.

The United States and Israel walked out midway through the 2001 World Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa, because of a draft resolution that singled out Israel for criticism and compared Zionism – the movement to establish and maintain a Jewish state – to racism. The resolution was not approved.

Critics said that conference mostly ignored other conflicts around the world and focused on Israel.

Livni said the 2009 gathering would be a repeat performance. “The documents prepared for the conference indicate that it is turning once again into an anti-Israeli tribunal, singling out and delegitimizing the state of Israel, which has nothing to do with fighting racism,” she said at a conference of North American Jewish leaders in Jerusalem.

“In view of this situation, I decided that Israel will not participate,” she added. The United States has not yet decided whether to take part, but used a vote in the UN General Assembly last year to protest the conference. Canada has said it will not participate, charging that the meeting would promote racism rather than combat it.