Canada boycotts UN racism conference that targeted Israel

Canadian Minister says his country “lost faith” in Durban process because it “actually promotes racism rather than combats it.”

Associated Press
via Jerusalem Post
11/25/2010

TORONTO — Canada will not attend Durban III, a United Nations conference on racism next September in South Africa because the event has negatively targeted Israel, the country’s immigration minister said Thursday.

Minister Jason Kenney said Canada has lost faith in the Durban process, a conference that began in 2001 to develop strategies to defeat racism.

“Canada is clearly committed to the fight against racism, but the Durban process commemorates an agenda that actually promotes racism rather than combats it.”

Next year’s event commemorates the 10th anniversary of the initial Durban conference that saw the United States walk out in protest over texts branding Israel as a racist and apartheid state.

The initial conference, which ended days before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks against the United States, produced the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action.

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