Durban's Troubling Legacy One Year Later: Twisting the Cause of International Human Rights Against the Jewish People
Publication Date: August 2002
Publisher(s): Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs
Author(s): Irwin Cotler
Series: Jerusalem Issue Brief, Vol. 2, No. 5
Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive
Keywords: International Relations; Antisemitism; Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
The 2001 Durban World Conference Against Racism was intended to be a space in which all countries of the world came together to create an agenda to combat racism. However, the conference focused on the Tehran platform, which depicted Zionism as a violent movement promoting racist supremacy. Cotler discusses the problematic nature of the conference and warns against the dangers of international support for a sanctioned culture of hate and a language that promotes genocidal antisemitism.