29 November 2010
The Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council (AIJAC) has formally “acknowledged and extended appreciation” to the Australian Government for the “principled stand in voting against the UN resolution to hold a conference in New York in 2011 marking 10 years since the Durban WCAR [World Conference against Racism].”
Mark Leibler, AIJAC’s Chairman, said, “It is to this country’s great credit that Australia has decided not to give credibility and legitimacy to what is a shameful perversion of the ideals of the UN.”
“The transparent attempt to involve world leaders by holding the conference at the same time as the annual opening of the General Assembly should not be permitted to confer undeserved legitimacy on this process,” he added.
Colin Rubenstein, AIJAC’s Executive Director, noted, “Australia has a proud record of confronting racism and bigotry and the vote on this matter is entirely consistent with that tradition.”
Further Information: contact Mark Leibler AC or Dr. Colin Rubenstein AM via the AIJAC office on (03)-9681-6660.