Obama may attend Durban II after all

Tuesday, April 14, 2009 |  Israel Today Staff

The Obama Administration is reconsidering its decision to boycott the upcoming UN Human Rights Council anti-racism conference, dubbed "Durban II," according to a State Department announcement issued on Monday.

A few months ago Obama joined Israel, Canada and Italy in saying he would not take part in the event because a draft declaration scheduled to be adopted by the council singled out Israel, accusing the Jewish state of being a racist entity.

UN officials last month said they were revising the document, and in fact removed all direct references to Israel. However, Israeli officials noted that the document was also altered to reaffirm the conclusions of the first Durban conference held in 2001, which was an orgy of anti-Israel sentiment that both Israel and the US walked out of.

Israelis fear that Obama's participation in the conference will legitimize some of the most hostile and racist sentiments toward Israel.

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