"As the only Jew elected to the International Steering Committee (ISC) of the 2001 World Conference Against Racism, I attended several preparatory committee meetings for the Durban conference, backed at the NGO level by COSATU, the South African Trade Union Congress which obsessively referred to 'Apartheid Israel'
At these meetings, I was often prevented from speaking and, on arrival in Durban, I was expelled from the ISC.
My colleague, Rabbi Abraham Cooper, the Wiesenthal Centre Associate Dean and Director for Global Social Action, and I, experienced Durban as a latter-day pogrom and a scandal to the United Nations. Unforgettable was the demonstration around the Durban synagogue waving banners of Hitler proclaiming, 'He never finished the job!'...
Its principal vectors are the anti-globalization NGO's World Social Forum (WSF), based in Brazil and the UN Committee for the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, in New York – both often attended by the Wiesenthal Centre.
But now, we discover also the important presence in the WSF of Podemos – a far-left member party in the current Spanish Government coalition.
The Madrid-based NGO, ACOM (Action and Communication on the Middle East), has charged the Unidas Podemos party as, reportedly, funded by Iran. Its leader, Pablo Iglesias, has, until last month, been Spanish Deputy Prime Minister and is now candidate for the Community of Madrid Presidency...
During the March 2021 session of the Geneva Human Rights Council, the Wiesenthal Centre addressed a letter to European and other democracies that had either voted against or abstained on participating in Durban II and III, both opened by then Iranian President Ahmadinejad, spewing Jew-hatred. We had urged that the recipients boycott the 20th anniversary of the Durban antisemitic hatefest.
Our letter to the Spanish government reached the centre-right opposition Partido Popular (PP), who raised the issue in Parliament. The response of the present left and extreme left government coalition has rendered Spain as a leader of an opposite campaign in Europe and Latin America, calling to support Durban IV at the UN in September..."