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Boycott of U.N. racism conference

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A United Nations conference on racism is being boycotted by the United States and many of its allies.

 

They fear the meeting in Geneva will single out Israel for criticism. A previous racism conference in 2001 in Durban, South Africa, was marred by anti-Semitic street protests and attempts to pass a resolution equating Zionism with racism, prompting the United States and Israel to walk out.

 

The final declaration of that conference omitted that language and was hailed by Israel’s foreign ministry as a triumph.

 

Canada and Israel had long made it clear that they would not attend the follow-up conference in Geneva, known as Durban II.

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