Durban II Organizers Tweak Resolution

Ad Feedback - GENEVA - The organizers of the UN-sponsored Durban II anti-racism conference announced on Tuesday that they deleted some of the anti-Israel sections from the draft resolution.

According to conference coordinator Yuri Boychenko, the changes should allay concerns by Canada, Israel, Australia, Japan, the European Union and the U.S. about the anti-Israel content of the resolution.

Israeli UN Ambassador to Switzerland Roni Leshno-Yaar said the revised resolution hasn't changed its ideological point of view.

"We have come full loop and are back to square one where we reaffirm and single out Israel as a racist state," the ambassador said.

"What we have gone through is that the Iranians and their friends have loaded the draft document with all kinds of paragraphs and then removed them, hoping we would forget that ancient thing, which is back in full force in the first paragraph," he said.

Leshno-Yaar also pointed out that with a month left before Durban II, to be held April 20-24 in Geneva, conference organizers had plenty of time to add more anti-Israel rhetoric to the draft resolution.

"It leaves me with a bad taste and a sense that we're going backwards," he said.

According to Mark Kornblau, spokesman for the team U.S. President Obama dispatched to Geneva, the revised draft reaffirms the Durban I resolution.

Both the U.S. and Israel walked out on Durban I, which among other anti-Israel statements, equated Zionism with racism.

Sources: The Jerusalem Post, Haaretz

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