On April 29, the Israel Advocacy Initiative together with United Jewish Communities held a conference call to discuss the events that unfolded at the Durban Conference in Geneva as well as recommendations for communal action.
Post Durban Conference CallSubmitted Mon May 04 2009 14:05:00 GMT-0400 (EDT)
Thank Countries That Decided Not To Attend Durban IISubmitted
The United States, Australia, Canada, Germany, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden, and Poland decided not to attend the Durban Conference in Geneva in protest of the inclusion of anti-Israel language and sentiments.
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UN Watch Turns the Tables on Libya at DurbanSubmitted
UNWatch brought a victim of Qaddafi torture to confront the Libyan chair on Libya's brutal torture and scapegoating of five Bulgairan nurses and a Palestinian doctor. The chair, Mrs. Najjat al-Hajjaji, chaired the Durban II Preparatory Committee for the past two years and was just elected chair of the Durban II Main Committee.
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Clowns Interrupt AhmadinejadSubmitted
Three clowns interrupted Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's speech in Geneva just as he was taking the podium on April 20. The rainbow-colored wig-wearing youngsters were Rafael Haddad, Jonathan Hayoun and Jeremy Cohen, three Jewish French students from L'Union des Etudiants Juifs de France (UFJ), the union of Jewish French students. They positioned themselves at opposite ends of the hall when Ahmadinejad took the stage, and as he uttered his first words whipped out the clown wigs from their pockets and yelled 'racist' at the Iranian president.
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Delegates Walk-Out on Ahmadinejad at Durban ConferenceSubmitted
A stream of delegates from France and other European nations walked out of a United Nations conference in Geneva on April 20 in protest during a speech by the Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who criticized the formation of a "racist government" in the Middle East in a clear reference to Israel. Sharpening the dispute over the Iranian presence, Israel also recalled its ambassador to Switzerland for "consultations" on Monday in protest against the conference and a meeting held Sunday between the Swiss president, Hans-Rudolf Merz, and Mr. Ahmadinejad.
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