UN Racism Conference Hijacked

August 30, 2011 – New York – The AJC weekly radio messages are broadcast on the CBS radio network, before The Osgood File. All AJC radio commentaries since 2001 are available at www.ajc.org/radiocommentary.

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Shortly before 9/11, a UN conference was held in Durban, South Africa.

It was supposed to deal with the anti-racism struggle, a noble cause.

Instead, it got hijacked.

The hijackers turned the gathering into an openly anti-Israel and anti-Semitic hatefest.

Things turned so ugly that the U.S. quickly withdrew.

Believe it or not, in a few weeks, countries will gather at the UN to mark the tenth anniversary of that infamous Durban conference.

Iranian president Ahmadinejad will be a featured speaker.

He’s the same one who’s been calling for Israel’s destruction – and trampling all over his own country’s human rights.

Seven nations have so far said they’re opting out of this tenth anniversary gathering.

They’ve put principle way ahead of politics. They deserve recognition.

The countries are the U.S., Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Holland, Israel, and Italy.

We hope others will follow their laudable example.

To learn more, visit ajc.org.

This is David Harris of AJC.
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