Today, U.S. Representative Ted Deutch (FL-22), the founding co-chair of the House Bipartisan Task Force for Combating Antisemitism, issued this statement in support of the boycott of the 2021 Durban Conference and in recognition of the event's history of anti-Semitism:
"20 years ago, the UN’s first Durban Conference was held in South Africa. An event meant to be part of the global fight against racism quickly devolved into a dangerous stew of anti-Semitism and demonization of Jews. Firsthand accounts are rife with examples of anti-Semitic literature and remarks; Holocaust revisionism; Jews getting attacked and booed for wearing kippot and simply participating in the event; and dangerous lies about the conflict between Israel and Hamas. The Durban Conference’s anti-Semitic legacy should not be celebrated—not today, and not any other day.
"I commend every one of the over 30 nations boycotting the conference. I urge every nation to take a hard look at the fraught history of the Durban Conference and to join us. Hate should have no home at the United Nations, and the United States must always stand against anti-Semitism in all its forms, wherever it arises."