Eighteen U.S. senators led by New York Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand want the State Department to boycott a controversial United Nations anti-racism event slated for next Sept. 21 in New York City, The Wall Street Journal reports
. The eleven Democrats and seven Republicans contend the Durban III World Conference Against Racism will itself become a racist forum for attacks on Israel and Jews.
Gillibrand said that scheduling the event so close to the epicenter and anniversary of 9-11 is “an insult to America.”
The U.S. boycotted Durban II, held in April 2009 in Geneva, over concerns about anti-Semitism. The remaining Western diplomats walked out during a speech in which Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called Israel “the most cruel and racist regime.”
Canada is already boycotting Durban III. The U.S. hasn't officially followed suit, but a State Department spokesman said that earlier Durban conferences “have not been constructive” and that “our concerns based on past outcomes remain.”
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