Israel's ambassador to Geneva still concerned by UN racism draft

Israel's Ambassador to Geneva Aharon Leshno-Yaar said on Wednesday that changes to the draft statement proposed for next month's UN racism meeting in Geneva did not go far enough. The draft removes direct references to the Jewish state but still affirms support for a 2001 document that linked the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to the problem of racism, Leshno-Yaar said. "Any reaffirmation of the 2001 document as a whole is totally unacceptable to Israel," he added, noting that if the situation changes, he might recommend to the government to reconsider the decision to boycott the conference. Israel and Canada are boycotting the April meeting because of concerns about a possible repeat of the anti-Semitic outbursts that marred the first such meeting, in Durban, South Africa, eight year ago.