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Dateline Durban:
UN World Conference Against Racism
ADL Downgrades Its Participation at Durban Racism Conference
Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, who was named a public member of the U.S. delegation to the U.N. World Conference Against Racism, advised the White House that he would not go to Durban due to continuing efforts to use the forum to de-legitimize Israel with unfounded charges of racism. His decision came in advance of the Administration's announcement that Secretary of State Colin Powell will not attend, which ADL applauded.

ADL downgraded its status at the World Conference from official participation to a monitoring/observer role. The League's representatives — Stacy Burdett, ADL Associate Director of Government & National Affairs, and Michael Salberg, ADL National Commissioner — are sending regular briefings as part of this online resource.

Dateline Durban:
Anti-Israel Hecklers Interrupt Press Conference

August 30, 2001, Durban — A press conference organized by more than 20 world Jewish organizations concerned about the strongly anti-Israel tone of the U.N. World Conference Against Racism in Durban was interrupted today by a stream of jeers and anti-Israel epithets from Palestinian sympathizers.
The anti-Israel protesters, including Arab, Islamic and Palestinian activists, shouting "Zionism is racism, Israel is apartheid," and "You have Palestinian blood on your hands," in an attempt to drown out the message of Jewish delegates gathered for the conference in Durban, including representatives from the Anti-Defamation League.

The protest was the latest attempt by anti-Israel forces to politicize the world conference and to intimidate representatives of Jewish organizations on hand to monitor the proceedings, said Stacy Burdett, ADL's representative in Durban. "Unfortunately, this episode is only the latest in a series of attempts to drag the Israeli-Palestinian conflict into an international forum where it does not belong," she said.

The Case Against U.S. Participation
In an appearance on PBS's The NewsHour With Jim Lehrer, Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, made the case against full U.S. involvement in the upcoming U.N. World Conference Against Racism. "There's a need to discuss racism, but not in a conference which has already been hijacked" by anti-Israel forces, Foxman told NewsHour's Ray Suarez.
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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)

ADL to President George W.Bush

ADL to Foreign Ministers of U.N. Members

Related ADL Articles:
Israel and the UN

Related Web Sites:
UN World Conference Against Racism

The United Nations
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