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U.S. leaning toward taking part in Durban 2 summit. (Snips)

Senior U.S. officials in Washington and New York are leaning in favor of participating in the "Durban 2" UN-sponsored anti-racism conference scheduled to take place on April 20 in Geneva...

... Israel plans on boycotting the conference for fear that it will turn into a platform for singling out Jerusalem for criticism over its policies in the Palestinian territories.

Leading figures in the organized American Jewish community have been lobbying Western ambassadors and European diplomats in the UN to dissuade their governments from participating in the Geneva summit. ...

Dozens of human rights groups and activists in the United States have petitioned President Barack Obama to rethink his decision to boycott the conference, expected by many countries to be used as a forum for criticizing Israel. ....

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Israel fears exposure of its racist practices.


Presidents Conference calls for Ahmadinejad walkout. --- April 14, 2009

NEW YORK (JTA) -- Leaders of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations called for a walkout when the president of Iran speaks in Geneva next week. ....

U.S. says Durban changes welcome but insufficient. --- April 13, 2009

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The United States commended changes in the draft document for "Durban II" but said more was needed to entice it into joining the anti-racism conference. ....

Pope: Durban II "An Important Initiative" - Apr/19/09

( Pope Benedict XVI had words of support Sunday for the United Nations conference on racism starting Monday in Geneva. The pope made no mention of the boycott of the conference, but urged participating countries to join forces to eliminate intolerance and discrimination in the world. ...

Earlier this weekend, the United States joined Israel, Canada, Holland, Italy and Australia in boycotting the conference, saying it could single out Israel for criticism ...


Durban II text still opposed by Israel. (Conference against Racism)

The ‘Conference against Racism’ opens in Geneva on Monday (4-20-09).

Revised UN draft reaffirms text endorsed in 2001 summit, which singled out Israel for criticism.

.... The report notes that an average Israeli gets four times as much water as the average Palestinian, and warns that the Palestinian Authority water system is "nearing catastrophe."

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