Agudath Israel of America’s executive vice president, Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel, applauded President Obama’s decision that the United States not participate in “Durban II” – the so-called World Conference Against Racism taking place in Geneva. His statement is below. “Like its 2001 predecessor, Durban II is predicated on an agenda of unjustified – indeed, at its root, racist – attack on Israel and her citizens.
“Our nation’s refusal to participate in this sham provided a principled example for other countries, a number of which likewise declined to participate in the gathering. It also, no doubt, played a role in emboldening dozens of diplomats to walk out today when the Iranian President, true to his image, debased the memory of the Holocaust and delivered an anti-Israel tirade.
“Durban II once again proves that a conference “against” racism can in fact be a hotbed of precisely the same. President Obama deserves credit for refusing to be taken in by this latest example of Orwellian Newspeak.”