More countries are stepping up to the plate behind the US.  From CNN, Boycotts hit U.N. racism conference

Australia and the Netherlands were the latest to pull out of next week’s meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, as a dispute gathered pace over a document said to single out Israel for racism.

Canada, Israel, Italy and Sweden have also announced they are boycotting the conference aimed at creating a global blueprint for tackling discrimination. Britain says it will attend.

The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, is not happy:

“A handful of states have permitted one or two issues to dominate their approach to this issue, allowing them to outweigh the concerns of numerous groups of people that suffer racism and similar forms of intolerance to a pernicious and life-damaging degree on a daily basis all across the world, in both developed and developing countries,” she said in a statement. “These are truly global issues, and it is essential that they are discussed at a global level, however sensitive and difficult they may be.”

Why is the US out?

Washington says despite numerous redrafts of the controversial document, due to be adopted at the conference, it remains unhappy, and says it violates American principles of free speech.

…The U.S. State Department said the current document “prejudges key issues that can only be resolved in negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians.”

… President Obama said Sunday the 2001 conference became “a session through which folks expressed antagonism towards Israel in ways that were often times completely hypocritical and counterproductive.”

He said the United States had warned it would not attend this year’s conference if the document was not sufficiently altered in advance.

Obama said the United States is hoping to partner with other countries “to actually reduce discrimination around the globe, but this [conference] wasn’t an opportunity to do it.”

I’m glad he understood that.  I had my doubts.

Fox Cable News was showing live action at the conference this morning, when Iran’s Ahmedinejad was speaking.  Two men wearing those rainbow-colored wigs were escorted out after yelling while he was on the podium.

Thanks to Daily Beast

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