March 10th, 2009

Boycott call against "Durban II"

Berlin – The Jewish Community of Berlin, the Jewish Forum for Democracy and against Anti-Semitism, and the Coordinating Council of German Non-Governmental Organizations against Anti-Semitism have issued a joint press release calling on the German government to boycott the UN conference "Durban II". The press release states that "the current text of the draft of the final document contains excessive, hateful accusations against Israel that can be called anti-Semitic, according to the criteria underlying the Bundestag's resolution on combating anti-Semitism of November 4, 2008". It further says that Germany should follow the example of Canada , Israel , Italy , and the USA and stay away from a "UN conference promoting anti-Semitic propaganda".

The upcoming meeting entitled "World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance" is planned to take place in Geneva on April 20-24. It is a follow-up to a 2001 UN conference in Durban that was criticised for its vilification of Israel , anti-Semitism, and attempts to belittle the Holocaust. Last November, the Central Council of Jews in Germany warned against the follow-up conference criticising especially Iran 's participation in its preparation. In a letter to the German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the Central Council said it was "unacceptable" for a country like Germany to cooperate with openly anti-Semitic forces such as Iran . (10.03.2009)