August 27, 2001

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Jewish Public Affairs Arm Hails Powell for Staying Away from UN Racism Conference

DURBAN, South Africa, Aug. 27, 2001— The Jewish Council for Public Affairs praised President Bush and Secretary of State Colin Powell for ruling out high-level U.S. participation at the United Nations conference on racism.

"Secretary of State Powell’s absence should send a message loud and clear to those who have sought to hijack the racism conference to pursue their anti-Israel and anti-Semitic agenda," said Reva Price, who is representing JCPA at the UN conference.

"The atmosphere here in Durban is rabidly anti-Israel. It’s a shame that such a worthwhile conference has been hijacked for political purposes by a vocal minority. We urge all United Nations member states to adopt as principled a stance as have President Bush and Secretary of State Powell," she said.

Price, JCPA’s Washington representative, arrived in Durban last week for the non-governmental organizations conference. The full conference begins August 31 and runs until September 7.

JCPA is the public affairs arm of the organized Jewish community that serves as the national coordinating and advisory body for the 13 national and 123 local agencies comprising the field of Jewish community relations.