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Dateline Durban:
UN World Conference Against Racism

Members of the United Nations and a host of non-governmental organizations will gather in Durban, South Africa, August 31 through September 7, for the third international conference on racism, which will set out to examine effective mechanisms to combat racial discrimination and promote understanding and awareness of a global problem.

Despite the laudable goals of the 2001 U.N. World Conference Against Racism, the process is being hijacked by some to promote hateful anti-Jewish canards such as "Zionism is racism" and those who would use the conference as a platform for delegitimizing Israel.

The Anti-Defamation League, a world leader in the fight against anti-Semitism and racism, is urging participants to reject those efforts. ADL is urging nations and non-governmental organizations to:

  • Reject the misuse of the U.N. Conference to advance anti-Jewish hate and misunderstanding
  • Oppose assaults on Israelís legitimacy
  • Unite against genocide without trivializing the Holocaust
  • Fight to preserve the integrity and mission of the U.N. Conference
  • Let Israelis and Palestinians negotiate between themselves

This online report will be regularly updated to include ADLís latest statements and news bulletins from ADLís delegation to the U.N. Conference.

Reports from Durban Conference
Durban Update: Final Declaration Recognizes Palestinian Right of Return; Omits Language Critical of Israel (09/8/01)
Durban Update: Parties Deadlocked on Mideast (09/07/01)
Conference Continues Without U.S. and Israel (09/05/01)
Anti-Jewish, Anti-Israel Language Prompts U.S., Israel to Leave U.N. Conference (09/04/01)
Opening Day of the UN World Conference On Racism (08/31/01)
Anti-Israel Hecklers Interrupt Press Conference (08/30/01)
Anti-Israel Rhetoric Prevalent at the U.N. World Conference Against Racism (08/29/01)
Background on
Durban Conference
About the UN World Conference Against Racism
ADL Call to Conscience for All Nations
Background on Anti-Zionism at the United Nations
What is Zionism?
World Figures Refute the Zionism=Racism Charge
The Draft Declaration: Unfair Charges of Racism Against Israel
ADL Statements on Durban
ADL Letters to Media about the U.N. World Conference
Durban Derailed into a Conference of Hate
Abraham H. Foxman on the Durban Conference
Press Releases:

ADL Commends U.S. Rejection of Anti-Jewish, Anti-Israel Bias of U.N. Conference Against Racism (8/27/01)

ADL Urges Congress To Reject Incendiary Language Against Jews, Israel At Upcoming U.N. Conference Against Racism (7/31/01)

ADL Urges Foreign Ministers to Reject Anti-Jewish Rhetoric at U.N. Conference on Racism (7/17/01)

ADL Urges U.N. Members to Reject Anti-Israel Focus at Forum Against Racism (5/18/01)

Letters:
ADL to President George W.Bush

ADL to Foreign Ministers of U.N. Members

Resources
Related ADL Articles:
Israel and the UN

Related Web Sites:
UN World Conference Against Racism

The United Nations
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