U.S. Finally Boycotts U.N. Anti-Racism Conference
18 Apr 09 | PTV
The United States asserts that it will boycott the upcoming UN-led anti-racism conference citing the event’s anti-Israeli draft document.
“The Obama administration will with regret boycott a UN conference on racism next week over objectionable language in the meeting’s final document that could single out Israel for criticism and restrict free speech,” the US State Department said in a statement on Saturday.
Washington and Tel Aviv had also walked out of the previous conference in Durban, South Africa in protest at its draft declaration among other things.
They slammed the 2001 conference held in Durban, South Africa, for being anti-Semitic because it brought into focus Israel’s ill-treatment of the Palestinians and attempted to pass a resolution likening Zionism to racism.