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In September 2001, the international community gathered in Durban, South Africa, to hold a ‘World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia, and Related Intolerance’.

However, the conference – held under the auspices of the United Nations – descended into a hotbed of unbridled Jew hatred, Antisemitism, vilification of Israel and even outright Holocaust distortion, while giving birth to the modern BDS Movement and Israel 'apartheid’ slur.

In other words, whereas Durban was meant to fight racism, it instead promoted racism and fueled racial hatred against one group of people and one only – the Jewish nation.

This September 22 nd , the United Nations will convene world leaders and civil society in New York to celebrate the 20 th anniversary of this infamous ‘Festival of Hate’.

The International Legal Forum (ILF) has made it a top priority to focus our efforts, together with our partners around the world, to expose the antisemitic roots of Durban and call on all nations and members of civil society, who truly care about fighting racial hatred,combating antisemitism and promoting tolerance, against lending any credence to this modern blood libel.

On this page, you will find numerous materials that we have produced and other resources regarding Durban.

ILF Video: #SayNoToDurbanIV

'Durban: 20 Years of Hate, Lies & Antisemitism -
Lessons & Analysis from Leading Experts and Inspiring Activists Around the World.'


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Durban Webinars

How We Fought Against: Ep 23...
the Durban Lie & Assault on Israel

This month, the United Nations will celebrate 20 years since the infamous Durban Conference in 2001, an event that descended into an unhinged display of Jew-hatred and antisemitism, while giving birth to the modern BDS Movement and campaign to delegitimize the State of Israel. In this special 'How We Fought Against ...' Podcast, we speak to world-renowned attorney Richard Heideman, who as President of B’nai B’rith International in 2001, served as Head of Delegation in Durban. Richard will take you behind the scenes of the Durban conference, discuss its ripple effect on international law today and the lessons to be drawn.

A Festival of Hate: How To Defeat The Durban Strategy, A Primary Vector of 21st Century Antisemitism

ILF Chair and CEO Arsen Ostrovsky participated in the following special Webinar on Durban, hosted by 'Combat Antisemitism', in which Israel's Ambassador to the United States and United Nations, Gilad Erdan gave opening remarks, and other speakers included Canada's Antisemitism Special Envoy Irwin Cotler, Natasha Hausdorff of UKLFI and Olga Deutsch of NGO Monitor.

The Durban Conferences: Enabling Delegitimisation of Israel and Antisemitism

ILF Chair and CEO Arsen Ostrovsky participated in the following special Webinar on Durban, hosted by 'The Zionist Federation of the UK', alongside Natasha Hausdorff of UK Lawyers for Israel Charitable Trust. Tune in to hear them discuss how the Durban series of conferences continue to promote the delegitimization of Israel and fan the flames of antisemitic anti-Zionism.

Countries Who Have Withdrawn from Durban IV

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