Australia to join boycott of 'Durban II' conference

Thursday, March 12, 2009 |  Israel Today Staff

Australia has joined a growing list of nations that either have or are threatening to boycott an upcoming UN Human Rights Council conference on racism because council member nations are making the focus of the event the demonization of Israel.

The Durban Review Conference, "Durban II" for short, was called to review the conclusions reached at the council's first anti-racism conference in Durban, South Africa in 2001.

That conference very rapidly descended into a carnival of anti-Israel and openly anti-Semitic rhetoric.

When it became clear that Durban II, scheduled to take place in Geneva next month, will only expand on that hostility, Canada became the first nation to announce it would not attend.

Israel soon followed suit, and after weeks of trying to negotiate a more moderate agenda for the conference, the Obama Administration said the US would also sit out the conference.

Earlier this week, Italy became the first European nation to boycott the event, and several other European powers have threatened to do the same.

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