Durban II

UN votes to implement Durban plan

By Nathalie Rothschild, November 24, 2011

The UN General Assembly this week approved a draft resolution to implement the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action.

The resolution, approved at a UN Social, Humanitarian Cultural Affairs Committee meeting after some revisions, was passed on Tuesday with 126 votes in favour and five against.


Service as usual at New York Durban conference

By Shimon Samuels, October 11, 2011

Durban III, the UN’s third “anti-racism” conference in New York last month proved to be the exercise in Israel-bashing that everyone had expected.
It served as the podium for the Lebanese and Syrian foreign ministers to charge that the very concept of “a Jewish state” is “an act of racism”.


Durban III: the hatefest is back

By Shimon Samuels, September 22, 2011

As the only Jew elected to the International Steering Committee (ISC) for Durban, I was gagged in the preparatory meetings in Warsaw and Santiago; offered a deal in Geneva by the PLO legal counsel ("we will give you the Holocaust if you give us Palestine"); denied access to the last preparatory gathering in Tehran and expelled unceremoniously in Durban itself as "the world Jew".


Pivots and change

September 22, 2011

As we approach Rosh Hashanah, our thoughts naturally turn to the year gone by and the possibilities that lie ahead. The chagim are a pivotal annual moment.

Not that the Middle East needs any more pivotal moments. Whatever the eventual outcome of the Palestinian bid for statehood at the UN, what the region needs more than anything is stability and liberty.

Stability is one thing.


Britain pulls out of Durban III meeting

By Jennifer Lipman, September 15, 2011

Britain will not take part in the anniversary event later this month marking ten years since the UN's controversial Durban conference.

The Prime Minister, following in the footsteps of Australia, Canada and the United States, said he felt it would be wrong to commemorate an event associated with "open displays of unpleasant and deplorable antisemitism".


David Cameron, Durban and dancing at the UN

By Jennifer Lipman, September 14, 2011

Political life often seems to be something of a dance, a complicated balancing act in order to offend no-one, appease everyone and commit yourself to nothing.


David Cameron pulls Britain out of Durban anniversary conference

By Jennifer Lipman, September 14, 2011

David Cameron has intervened to pull Britain out of the follow-up to the controversial Durban conference.

The Prime Minister is understood to have personally made the decision that the UK should not take part in the event at the United Nations headquarters later this month.


'Anti-Durban' event planned for New York

By Ellen Tumposky, September 1, 2011

Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel will be among the speakers at a counter-event challenging the "Durban III" United Nations conference on racism in New York later this month.

The UN conference is due to take place on September 22, the 10th anniversary of the original, and notorious, event in Durban, South Africa.


Australia to boycott Durban review conference

By Dan Goldberg, August 23, 2011

Australia has joined America, Canada, Israel and several European nations in withdrawing from the controversial UN conference on racism next month.

A spokesperson for Prime Minister Julia Gillard confirmed Tuesday that she was not convinced that "unbalanced criticism of Israel and the airing of antisemitic views" would be avoided, her spokesperson said.


MacShane to Hague: 'Pull out of Durban'

By Martin Bright, August 11, 2011

A former UK foreign minister has written an open letter to Foreign Secretary William Hague calling on the British government to pull out of next month's conference to mark the tenth anniversary of the Durban declaration on anti-racism.