Iran’s Objection Blocks Jewish Group’s Attendance at UN Meeting

A00870807.jpgTEHRAN (FNA)- A Canadian pro-Israeli group was forced to withdraw its application to attend the United Nations conference on racism after repeated objections by Iran.

Iran objected to accrediting the Canadian Council for Israel and Jewish Advocacy (CIJA) last month.

Iran was supported by Algeria, Egypt as well as a Palestinian observer, while the European Union and other Western states argued to accredit the group.

The first debate on the issue on April 21 ended with the NGO given 48 hours to provide information requested by Iran.

Iran sought more information during the second debate on April 28, which the group failed to do.

The UN’s first World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, held in 2001 in Durban, was condemned by the United States, Canada and Israel for condemning the Zionist regime’s apartheid and aggressions against the Palestinians.

The conference took place amid the backdrop of the eruption of the second Palestinian intifada in the West Bank and Gaza.

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