Durban Anniversary

September 13 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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It’s now just around the corner.

Many nations will gather at the UN next week for the tenth anniversary of an anti-Israel, anti-Semitic hatefest.

Sad but true.

They’ll be commemorating the 2001 Durban Conference.

That UN gathering was supposed to discuss ways of combating racism.

Instead, it was hijacked by an extreme crowd that preferred to focus on Israel and Jews.

When those nations meet again at the UN next week, they’ll be treated to a speech by the Iranian president.

Yes, the same Iranian president who calls for a world without Israel, tramples on human rights, and denies there are homosexuals in his country.

But so far, ten nations won’t be in attendance.

They’ve publicly said “no” to this shameful exercise.

These principled countries are: Australia, Austria, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Germany, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, and the U.S.

They deserve our recognition and appreciation.

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This is David Harris of AJC.
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