September 23, 2021

34 countries shun UN’s commemoration of controversial Durban Conference

Dozens of countries steered clear of a UN General Assembly session Wednesday that commemorated the 20th anniversary of the controversial UN World Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa, which was accused of veering into open antisemitism.

Israel and dozens of other nations boycotted the commemoration event amid worries it would also feature attacks on the Jewish state, with Foreign Minister Yair Lapid tweeting that 34 countries would not attend.

“Thank you to everyone who enlisted in a focused and successful diplomatic operation,” Lapid wrote of those who helped organize the boycott.

Lapid also retweeted a photo reportedly showing poor attendance as the conference started.

The United States, Canada, the UK, Australia and France are among some of the key nations skipping this year’s meeting.

Lapid also retweeted a photo reportedly showing poor attendance as the conference started. The United States, Canada, the UK, Australia and France are among some of the key nations skipping this year’s meeting.