FOREIGN AFFAIRS

The UN’s Anti-Semitism Problem

Eight years ago, the United Nations’ racism conference in Durban was rocked by anti-Semitism allegations. Now it looks like its successor, to be held April 20-25 in the South African city, may be heading down the same road. The US, Canada, and Israel have already pulled out, saying the text of the draft resolutions prepared for the conference by the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva are “not salvageable.” With Islamic countries insisting on wording assailing Israel and equating criticism of religious faith with violation of human rights, other European countries are worried. Nevertheless, the UN is urging all states to attend.