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.
On October 7, 2008, NGO Monitor held a press conference to introduce the research monograph entitled "NGO Lawfare: The Exploitation of Courts in the Arab-Israeli Conflict." This publication is a detailed analysis of the role of NGOs in the abuse of European and US courts for political "lawfare" the use of legal methods to achieve military goals. In parallel to their other political campaigns, these groups have initiated criminal and civil cases against Israeli officials using false claims of "war crimes."