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Durban's Troubling Legacy One Year Later: Twisting the Cause of International Human Rights Against the Jewish People

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Publication Date: August 2002

Publisher(s): Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs

Author(s): Irwin Cotler

Topic: International relations (International relations)
Population and demographics (Ethnic and racial groups)
Social conditions (Race relations)

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.


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