ADL Urges Foreign Ministers to Reject Anti-Jewish Rhetoric at U.N. Conference
New York, NY, July 18, 2001 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today
reached out to the foreign ministers of all U.N. member nations urging them to
reject efforts to introduce anti-Jewish and anti-Israel rhetoric at the upcoming U.N. World Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa.
In a letter to the foreign ministers, Glen A. Tobias, ADL National Chairman,
and Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director called on delegates to the U.N.
Conference to "take steps to resist, denounce and work vigorously against
efforts that detract from the fight against bigotry.
"It is tragic that some nations would seek to utilize a forum which
should embrace tolerance to advance an agenda of hatred and
misunderstanding," Mr. Tobias and Mr. Foxman said. "If this conference
is to be a celebration of dignity and tolerance, responsible leaders must raise
their voices to reject anti-Jewish and anti-Israel rhetoric."
The League is urging nations participating in the Third Preparatory
Conference, July 30 - Aug. 10 in Geneva, to use the meeting as an opportunity to
condemn the "divisive language driven by hatred" that now appears
within a proposed declaration for the U.N. Conference. The current Draft
Declaration and Program of Action rails against "racist Zionist
practices" and equates the Holocaust with "ethnic cleansing of the
Arab population in historic Palestine."
ADL also conveyed its concerns to the Bush administration. In a June 29
letter to President George W. Bush, the League’s officials called on the
administration to take the lead in rejecting anti-Jewish and anti-Israel
rhetoric at the U.N. Conference.
The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.