America is boycotting the conference, along with 30 other countries. Israel succeeded in persuading its foreign ministers to refrain from participating in this anti-modernist international conference.
The 30 countries that boycotted the "Durban" conference are: Canada, Australia, Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Israel, France, Bulgaria, Croatia, Italy, Cyprus, Greece, Romania, New Zealand, Slovenia and Slovakia, in addition to 11 countries that were persuaded to withdraw but It did not officially announce its decision, in addition to persuading a number of participating countries, such as Belgium, to reduce the level of diplomatic representation at the conference.
The Durban Committee convened for the first time in 2001 in Durban, South Africa, with the aim of establishing a world conference against racism, and every five years a related conference is held during the activities of the annual General Assembly.
Israel considers the activities of the conference as hostile to it, due to its continuous attack on Israel and its call for a boycott of it.
Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid said, "Unlike the previous government, which surrendered before this conference, we were able to do the job and prove that the world is not so against us as we think."
He added, "To reach a situation where 31 countries boycott the Durban conference is evidence of political power that has not existed for a long time, and that Bibi's theory that everyone is against us is incorrect."
The Israeli ambassador to the United Nations, Gilad Erdan, said: "I am happy that the campaign we led led to the Western countries refusing to actively participate and the appointment of a great speaker by them to participate in this despicable conference."