Palestinian NGOs promoting ‘Durban strategy’ hold conference in Cyprus
Ittijah, a radical Palestinian NGO which played a prominent role at Durban 2001, organized a conference in Cyprus October 16-18, which was openly devoted to the NGO strategy launched at Durban. Participants included Christian Aid, The Palestinian Non-Governmental Organizations Network (PNGO), The Grassroots Palestinian Anti Apartheid Wall Campaign, and The Right of Return Congress – London. The final statement of the conference includes the aim of promoting "boycott, divestment, and sanctions campaign against Israel and its institutions and pursuing the grapes of wrath parastata Zionist organizations worldwide," and to "see the conflict as basically a conflict between the Zionist movement and its racist colonial racist enterprise and the Palestinian people, the indigenous owners of the land, and their existence in their homeland." NGO Monitor is following these developments, and will continue to provide updates on activities leading up to the planned "Durban II" conference in 2009. More information is available on NGO Monitor’s Durban 2009 essentials page.