Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council

AIJAC welcomes Federal Government decision not to participate in Durban III

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Media Release

August 24, 2011

The Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council today welcomed the announcement last night that Australia would refrain from participating in the UN's tainted Durban III "anti-racism" conference in New York next month.

AIJAC's Executive Director Dr. Colin Rubenstein stated: "It has become very clear from the preparatory activities that the bias and antisemitism that marred the UN World Conference against Racism 2001 (‘Durban I') and the review conference held in Geneva in April 2009 (‘Durban II') are to be affirmed and celebrated, rather than repudiated, at the conference in September. The Australian government has therefore made a principled and courageous decision, as it did at Durban II in 2009, in joining a number of other democratic countries in refusing to be a part of a conference which, sadly, appears certain to make a mockery of the noble principles it is ostensibly dedicated to progressing."

For additional information, contact Dr. Colin Rubenstein at AIJAC on (03) 9681-6660.


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