A Durban Review Conference preparatory meeting was held in Geneva on Oct. 6-17. NGO participation was divided, with some opposing a repetition of the antisemitism of the 2001 conference. Other NGOs pressed the anti-Israel and anti-Western agenda of the "Durban strategy." BADIL and MRAP condemned Israel. Unofficial meetings of NGO representatives about a potential NGO Forum included antisemitic and anti-Israel attacks against Jewish representatives.
Anne Bayefsky, who attended the infamous 2001 Durban Conference, describes how Human Rights Watch demonstrated, and continues to demonstrate, its anti-Israel bias, attempting to gain legitimacy by demonizing Israel.