As world leaders collect for this week’s United Nations General Assembly the United States, Australia, Canada and Germany are amongst a minimal of 19 worldwide locations boycotting thought of one in every of many banner occasions over accusations of anti-Semitism and anti-Israel bias.

The occasion, known as Durban IV, has the theme of “Reparations, racial justice and equality for people of African descent.”

The occasion will commemorate and undertake an announcement 20 years after the primary assembly in Durban, South Africa. While the distinctive function of the occasion was combating racism, critics say it has been hijacked by an anti-Israel agenda that turned it into an anti-Semitic hate fest important the U.S. and Israel to stroll out of the conference. Critics need Durban to be scrapped and the U.N. to start out a mannequin new anti-racist conference.

Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and others, collectively with Israel’s U.N. ambassador and a South African politician, spoke Sunday at a counter-conference organized by Touro College, Human Rights Voices, and CAMERA beneath the banner: “Fight Racism, Not Jews: The UN and the Durban Deceit.” 

“It’s an outrage that in the year 2021 the United Nations has gathered world leaders together to celebrate an orgy of anti-Semitism and the intended destruction of a U.N. member state – the Jewish state,” counter-conference organizer Anne Bayefsky, director of the Touro Institute on Human Rights and the Holocaust, instructed Fox News.

Mike Pompeo, U.S. secretary of state, speaks during a news conference at the State Department in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, March 5, 2020. Pompeo called persistent Taliban attacks in Afghanistan an "unacceptable" impediment to the peace process that began when the U.S. signed an agreement with the militant group last weekend. Photographer: Alex Wroblewski/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Mike Pompeo, U.S. secretary of state, speaks all by means of a info conference on the State Department in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, March 5, 2020. Pompeo acknowledged as persistent Taliban assaults in Afghanistan an “unacceptable” obstacle to the peace course of that started when the U.S. signed an settlement with the militant group remaining weekend. Photographer: Alex Wroblewski/Bloomberg by way of Getty Images
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“All countries that are genuinely committed to combating racism should refuse to attend Durban IV and the 20th anniversary carnival,” talked about Bayfesky, who might be president of Human Rights Voices. “The Durban deceit, the double-talk, the double standards – and, in particular, the discrimination – need to be exposed and rejected, period.”

Stephane Dujarric, the spokesman for United Nations secretary-general, instructed Fox News that Antonio Guterres would attend subsequent week’s occasion. “For the secretary-general it is clear that racism and racial discrimination still permeate institutions, social structures and everyday life in every society. It must be condemned without hesitation or reservation wherever and whenever it occurs.”

“The Durban process is critical in fighting this scourge. However, whoever uses this process – or any other platform – for anti-Semitic diatribes, anti-Muslim discourse, hateful speech and baseless assertions, only denigrates our essential fight against racism,” Dujarric talked about.

Pompeo, a Fox News contributor, questioned the said goal of the doc and the conference that celebrates it, which he talked about was supposedly about stopping racism and injustice however talked about that couldn’t be farther from the actual fact. “The Durban declaration is laced with anti-Semitism and the goal of those who celebrate it is not racial equality but the undermining and eventual destruction of the state of Israel.” 

Pompeo well-known the distinctive Durban declaration solely listed Israel as a perpetrator of racism whereas ignoring the likes of China, Cuba and completely completely different authoritarian regimes. “The Durban conference in 2001 revived the Zionism is racism slur, outrageously claimed that Israel was an apartheid state, distorted the Holocaust and made numerous Nazi analogies.” Pompeo spoke of the variety of Israel and religious rights beloved by all all through the nation. “Israel is not an apartheid state and any conference seeking to promote such a baseless assertion must be recognized for the sham that it is.” 

Pompeo talked about he was heartened to see that so many worldwide places had chosen to not attend the upcoming conference however talked about, “It’s telling who is. The United States must never support baseless slander against Israel, and we must never allow our credibility to elevate the virulent anti-Semitism which permeates the Durban declaration.”


Pompeo talked concerning the U.S. ought to proceed to deepen its dedication to racial equality and that it mustn’t embrace the Durban declaration, however significantly the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that was adopted in 1948 by the United Nations. 

Pompeo well-known that the Trump administration had voted in opposition to funding for the occasion commemorating the controversial 2001 Durban Declaration and Program of Action (DDPA). Both Democratic and Republican administrations have extended opposed the Durban declaration as a results of it was adopted in 2001, citing points that it’s anti-Israel and anti-Semitic.

A alternative handed throughout the summertime by the U.N. General Assembly making means for subsequent week’s assembly said that it’s “a global call for concrete action for the elimination of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance and the comprehensive implementation of and follow-up to the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action.”

Kelly Craft, the then U.S ambassador to the world physique instructed the General Assembly remaining 12 months, “Twenty years on, there remains nothing about the Durban declaration to celebrate or to endorse,” Craft talked about. ” It encourages restrictions on the freedom of expression. It exists to divide and discriminate and runs contrary to the laudable goal of combating racism and racial discrimination.”

Also talking at Sunday’s counter-conference was South African member of parliament and chief of the African Christian Democratic occasion, the Rev. Kenneth Meshoe, who warned about utilizing the phrase “apartheid” in opposition to Israel. “Those who accuse Israel of being an apartheid state are either honestly deceived or they are victims of propaganda and lies by those who hate Israel for whatever reason and those who are dreaming of annihilating the state of Israel, which is the only democratic state in the Middle East.”

He talked about these that are in opposition to Israel based mostly on the accusation of apartheid, “are trivializing the pain that millions of Black people in South Africa suffered under apartheid. Anybody who says Israel is an apartheid state is belittling, trivializing, minimizing the pain that we suffered as Black people under apartheid South Africa.”

Israelis participate in a rally calling for the release of Israeli soldiers and civilians being held by Hamas in Gaza, In front of the Prime Minister's office in Jerusalem, Wednesday, May 19, 2021. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

Israelis take part in a rally calling for the discharge of Israeli troopers and civilians being held by Hamas in Gaza, In entrance of the Prime Minister’s workplace in Jerusalem, Wednesday, May 19, 2021. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
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Oscar-winning actor Jon Voight talked about it was “the duty of all good people of all faiths to express outrage and demand truth be heard.” As to the U.N. conference, he talked about he was “outraged at those who make excuses for this barbarism, who manufacture the propaganda of Palestinian victimhood, who refuse to recognize that this anti-Semitism is capable of destroying the Jewish nation.”

Israel’s U.N. ambassador Gilad Erdan quoted Guterres speaking regarding the progress and risks of anti-Semitism in 2018, and sarcastically well-known that moreover, “Yet this week, the U.N. will hold a commemoration of the 2001 World Conference against Racism, the Durban conference, where anti-Jewish racism adopted the guise of anti-racism, thereby making anti-Semitism not only morally legitimate but morally required.”

Erdan talked about by now it factors little if Israel is explicitly talked about at this week’s Durban conference, calling it “rotten to its core, and any of its follow-up events are the fruits of a poisonous tree” He acknowledged as it,  “An anti-Semitic hate fest, no matter how noble or important its original goals, shouldn’t be commemorated except as a tragic error never to be repeated.” 

Like others on the counter-conference, Erdan made clear the battle in opposition to racism was mandatory and well-known, “This does not mean that we should in any way lessen our commitment to the fight against racism. In fact, the Jewish people in Israel must be at the forefront of this fight. Nothing could be more natural than the descendants of slavery and the descendants of millennia of anti-Semitic persecution joining hands to combat discrimination and dehumanization.”

Erdan predicted additional worldwide locations would boycott the conference. “Our demand that countries refuse to participate in the Durban process does not in any way contradict what must be our equally strong demand to speak up against racism wherever it appears.”

Last week the official Palestinian info agency WAFA quoted the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates as “strongly objecting” to assaults in opposition to the Durban conference.

The assertion well-known, “The Palestinian people, whose noble struggle against Israel’s apartheid continues, considers themselves an integral component in the efforts to combat all forms of systematic racism and discrimination. In this regard, Palestine rejects morally corrupt and politically sinister attempts to disconnect the Palestinian struggle to freedom  from this global cause.”

Anne Herzberg, the licensed adviser to NGO Monitor a Jerusalem-based analysis institute, instructed Fox News the U.N. ought to confront racism by scrapping Durban.

“While it is good so many countries have refused to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the anti-Semitic 2001 Durban conference, this is not enough,” Herzberg talked about. “The conference’s anti-Semitic Declaration and Programme of Action continues to guide all U.N. activities related to countering racism and is heavily promoted by diplomats and U.N. officials. But a racist document cannot be the foundation for countering racism. The Durban declaration must be scrapped once and for all and replaced by a mechanism that actually promotes universal human rights.”