After much speculation, the Obama administration has finally announced that it will join Canada in boycotting the Durban III “World Conference against Racism” at the UN next September. The Durban conference is purportedly a forum on racism, but it’s actually an excuse for dictators and assorted criminal leaders to promote anti-Semitism, Holocaust denial, and the demonization of Israel.
The Obama administration voted against the resolution to convene the conference last December, but up until now it wasn’t clear whether the U.S. would attend or not.
In a letter to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D–N.Y.), Joseph Macmanus, acting assistant secretary for legislative affairs at the State Department, confirmed that the U.S. will not be participating:
“The United States will not participate in the Durban Commemoration,” Macmanus wrote. “In December, we voted against the resolution establishing this event because the Durban process included ugly displays of intolerance and anti-Semitism, and we did not want to see that commemorated.”
The American Jewish Committee applauded the Obama administration’s decision in a press release, saying that the announcement is “the clearest indication that this gathering will be just as bad for Israel—and for those truly dedicated to the fight against racism—as were the previous two international conferences in 2001 and 2009.”
Yes, the Obama administration made the right decision, but there are other problems with the Durban III conference that need to be addressed. The fact that terrorist governments will be in attendance at the conference, which will take place in New York shortly after the tenth anniversary of the September 11th attacks, is appalling and should be condemned more strongly by the White House.