Dear Mr./Madame Minister
On behalf of the Anti-Defamation League we are writing to raise serious
concerns which threaten to undermine the upcoming United Nations World
Conference Against Racism.
It is tragic that some nations would seek to utilize a forum which should
embrace tolerance to advance an agenda of hatred and misunderstanding. Language
in the current Draft Declaration of the Conference targets Israelís
legitimacy, minimizes the Holocaust, and promotes anti-Jewish, hateful canards
such as "Zionism is racism."
We hold out hope that this conference can still embody a sense of unity in
the fight against racism. It is in this spirit that we call on you to send your
representatives to the upcoming PrepCom in Geneva with a clear mandate to assert
that divisive language driven by hatred has no place in a conference against
We urge your government to take steps to resist, denounce, and work
vigorously against efforts which detract from the fight against bigotry. If this
Conference is to be a celebration of human dignity and tolerance, responsible
leaders must raise their voices to reject anti-Jewish, anti-Israel rhetoric.
Glen A. Tobias
Abraham H. Foxman