Durban II

  • Durban II delegates adopt final outcome paper

    From the JTA news wire: GENEVA (JTA) — The Durban final outcome document was adopted three days early. In a surprise development, the delegates in Geneva for the United Nations-sponsored Durban Review Conference adopted the document Tuesday by consensus. It came a day after Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at the opening of the parley blasted Israel… More ▸

  • Israel responds harshly to Ahmadinejad rhetoric at Durban II

    JERUSALEM  — The timing of the Iranian president’s latest fulmination against Israel was particularly auspicious. Speaking from the podium of the Durban II conference in Geneva on the eve of Holocaust Memorial Day, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called Israel a “racist” state, prompting sharp rebukes from around the world and a not-so-veiled threat from Jerusalem. "We will… More ▸

  • Did he or he didn’t he?

    If you watch JTA’s video of Ahmadinejad’s speech yesterday — and I know at least 6,000 of you did — you’ll hear him make this comment as he began to talk about Israel. "Following the World War II, they resorted to military aggression to make an entire nation homeless, on the pretext of Jewish sufferings… More ▸

  • Czechs pull out of Durban II

    From the JTA news wire: JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Czech Republic pulled out of the United Nations-sponsored conference on racism in Geneva. The Czechs were one of 23 European Union countries to walk out Monday during an anti-Israel, anti-Western address by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and they did not return when the conference reconvened Tuesday. "As… More ▸

  • Argentina Jews rap gov’t. over Ahmadinejad

    From the JTA news wire: BUENOS AIRES (JTA) — Argentina’s Jewish community criticized its country’s diplomats for not walking out during the Iranian president’s address at Durban II. In response, the Argentine Foreign Ministry “categorically” rejected the anti-Israel statements by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s made to the United Nations-sponsored conference. “For Argentina, Holocaust denial is unacceptable," the Argentine… More ▸

  • NYT: Shame on Ahmadinejad (Roger, that?)

    The New York Times has an editorial today titled "More Hatred From Mr. Ahmadinejad": The fear all along has been that the United Nations conference on racism would be manipulated into yet another forum for demonizing Israel. All too predictably, Iran’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad — who has called the Holocaust a myth and has advocated Israel’s… More ▸