Gerald Steinberg describes the history of BDS, from its inception at the 2001 Durban Conference to current efforts to advance BDS through the EU's product labeling requirements.
Lena Bakman maintains that the atmosphere of hate speech and demonization against Israel that is promoted by a number of NGOs creates an environment that fosters antisemitic attacks.
Incoming co-chair Elmasry participated in a fundraising trip in May 2009 to Saudi Arabia, and Motley represented HRW at the notorious NGO Forum of the 2001 Durban Conference.
Ban Ki-Moons planned attendance at a conference in Tehran recalls the preparation for the Durban Conference. In 2001, UN Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson authorized, planned and chaired a meeting in Iran, where Jews and Israelis were not granted visas to attend, and hate-filled texts were issued.