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The World Jewish Congress passed a resolution praising Canada for its “bold” stance on the Durban conference.

Canada recently announced it would not attend the second U.N. racism conference in South Africa next year out of concern it would stir up anti-Semitic sentiments.

The WJC, whose board of governors met Tuesday in Jerusalem, commended the Canadian government for “its bold action in calling the world’s attention to the corrupted Durban Review Conference process.”

The 2001 conference featured a resolution equating Zionism with racism and a series of protests against Israel. Members of Jewish groups who attended an accompanying conference for nongovernmental organizations said they were heckled and jeered. Another WJC resolution at the board meeting called on the United Nations to take concrete steps to halt Iran’s nuclear activities.

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