CZECH REPUBLIC - 9th Country to Boycott Durban Conference

Arno Froese

Czech Republic will not participate in the Durban Review Conference in New York in September, Czech Foreign Minister Jakub Kulhánek said, citing concerns about antisemitism and targeting Israel.

“I’ve taken this decision due to historic concerns regarding antisemitism and the misuse of the platform for attacks against Israel,” he tweeted. “We will continue to fight racism and discrimination and promote human rights.”

Antisemitism was rife at the 2001 Durban Conference’s NGO forum, where copies of the anti-Jewish conspiracy theory The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion were distributed, Israel was accused of genocide, and participants considered whether Hitler was right.

Israel was the only country singled out for racism in the statement made by UN member states participating in the conference. The US and Israel walked out.

Austria and the Netherlands [also] announced they would not take part in Durban IV due to the antisemitism at past conferences., 12 July 2021

Arno's Commentary

The statement, “Israel was the only country singled out for racism,” hits the nail on the head. They are multiple reasons for the anti-Israel stance, anti-Zionism, anti-Semitism, etc., that we will not list here, but one thing is crystal clear: Israel is different. It was the Gentile prophet Balaam who declared: “How shall I curse, whom God hath not cursed? or how shall I defy, whom the Lord hath not defied? For from the top of the rocks I see him, and from the hills I behold him: lo, the people shall dwell alone, and shall not be reckoned among the nations” (Numbers 23:8-9).

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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