Canada's decision to withdraw from Durban II applauded by Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center For Holocaust Studies

    TORONTO, Jan. 22 /CNW/ - The Hon. Jason Kenney's announcement that Canada
has decided to withdraw from "Durban II" because the failure of the
preparatory conferences to rid themselves of the vestiges of racism and
antisemitism from Durban I five years ago, is being commended by Friends of
Simon Wiesenthal Center For Holocaust Studies (FSWC).
    "This Government's move is bold and brave," said Leo Adler, Friends'
Director of National Affairs.
    "The fact that Canada has tried its best to change the mood and tenor of
Durban II and to see to it that the poisonous atmosphere of 2001 is not
repeated, speaks volumes about this Government's commitment to Canadian values
of freedom and liberty," added Adler.
    Minister Kenney also indicated that Canada would be willing and prepared
to work with NGOs dedicated to fostering democracy and are seeking alternative
    "FSWC would be pleased to participate and help in any way possible," said
Avi Benlolo, Friends' President and CEO.

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