Letter to the Editor
His Excellency Kofi Annan
United Nations Secretariat
New York, NY 10017
By Fax: 212-963-4879
Dear Mr. Secretary General:
We are writing to you to voice our concern regarding the United Nations International Conference of Civil Society in Support of the Palestinian People to be held at UN Headquarters on September 4 and 5, 2003.
In the years that this conference has been held, it has served as a forum for anti-Israel propaganda, with fifty-year old anti-Israel slogans, regardless of changing realities on the ground. We are troubled that the UN continues to perpetuate this body regardless of current developments in the Middle East.
At this time, as a delicate cease-fire is in place, it is particularly inappropriate to hold such a conference. The primarily anti-Israel political agenda of the conference, with its theme of “End the Occupation,” can only serve to exacerbate tensions and is unlikely to enhance chances for peace in the region.
Glen A. Tobias
Abraham H. Foxman
Media Watch ADL monitors electronic and print media reports about the Middle East