The Canadian government said on Thursday that it will not participate in upcoming events marking the 20th anniversary of a U.N.-sponsored anti-racism conference that singled out Israel for criticism.

The announcement was made on the same day that Australia said it would not attend and three days after the United States said it won’t participate in Durban IV, which is set for Sept. 22 in New York.

“Canada remains committed, at home and abroad, including at the U.N., to advancing human rights, inclusion and combating anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and systemic racism in all its forms,” said Global Affairs Canada spokesperson Grantly Franklin. “Canada opposes initiatives at the United Nations and in other multilateral forums that unfairly single out and target Israel for criticism.”

He added that “Canada is concerned that the Durban process has and continues to be used to push for anti-Israel sentiment and as a forum for anti-Semitism.”


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