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AJC says fight against racism 'repeatedly hijacked by countries with little actual regard for human rights', calling on other democratic countries to follow American example.
By Natasha Mozgovaya and Haaretz Service Tags: Jewish Diaspora Durban conference anti-Israel
The American Jewish Committee lauded the Obama administration on Wednesday for its decision not to take part in the upcoming United Nations’ Commemoration of the Durban World Conference Against Racism, set to take place on September 21 in New York.
The conference, referred to as "Durban 3", is to mark the 10-year anniversary of the contentious 2001 conference in the South African city of Durban which was dominated by clashes over the Middle East and the legacy of slavery. The U.S. and Israel walked out midway through the eight-day meeting over a draft resolution that singled out Israel for criticism and likened Zionism - the movement to establish and maintain a Jewish state - to racism.