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Thursday, January 26, 2006

Davos apology - interesting but flawed

YNET reports:
Organizers at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, are working on a new conference booklet after the initial draft containing an article blasting Israel caused uproar.

The head of the Forum publicly condemned the incident and apologized on behalf of organizers.
The apology is nice, but this is hardly the first time such things happened at this "prestigious" event:
Yasser Arafat himself, at the 2001 world economic forum in Davos, Switzerland, shocked his distinguished audience by insisting in front of Israeli Foreign Minister, Peres, that Israel was using depleted uranium and nerve gas against Palestinian civilians.
And here is a lovely example of liberal tolerance from the 2003 conference:

I don't know what newspaper called this a "peace demonstration."

So it is nice and somewhat unexpected to see an apology, but it is not surprising that such pure bigotry can emerge at a conference which has tolerated it for so many years.