From Contentions, good news.  Italy won’t be part of the racist hatefest, following the U.S. pullout.  Canada and Israel are boycotting the conference.

Speaking on the sidelines of a NATO summit in Brussels, Frattini said Italy has withdrawn its delegation from the preparatory negotiations ahead of the so-called Durban II conference due to “aggressive and anti-Semitic statements” in the draft of the event’s final document.

Frattini’s comments on the conference were reported by Italian news agencies and confirmed by foreign ministry spokesman Maurizio Massari, who said Rome would not participate in the conference unless the document was changed.

Italy makes the same weaselly statement about making its participation contingent on changes in the conference document as the Obama Administration did.  The whole purpose of Durban II was to validate the anti-semitic, anti-freedom Durban I conference, and everyone involved knew it.

A morally unambiguous condemnation of the Durban process would have been best.  Still, this is a good thing and hopefully more countries will follow.

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