Standing in support of Israel, 34 countries from across the globe took the decision to not attend the pro-BDS Durban IV Conference on Wednesday. 

Wednesday’s conference at the UN marked the 20th anniversary of the World Conference Against Racism in Durban and was criticized because of the antisemitism and anti-Israel bias at the 2001 event. 

Showing their support for Israel, the countries boycotting Durban IV were: Albania, Australia, Austria, Bulgaria, Canada, Colombia, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Estonia, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Honduras, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Moldova, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine, UK, US and Uruguay.

Thanking the above nations for their unconditional support, the Israeli Foreign Ministry said, “The original Durban Conference, an UN-hosted event, became the worst international manifestation of antisemitism since WWII,” the Foreign Ministry stated. “Inflammatory speeches, discriminatory texts, and a pro-Hitler march that took place outside the halls were only part of the ugliness displayed in 2001. The ‘World Conference on Racism’ actually ended up encouraging it, including through the parallel NGO forum, which displayed caricatures of Jews with hooked noses and fangs dripping with blood, clutching money. Israel is a thriving state that is increasing its cooperation with countries in the region and will continue to do so.”

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