ISRAEL - IRAN

Durban II racism conference: Elie Wiesel branded a 'Zio-Nazi'

The Durban II anti-racism conference was far from smooth running. The latest incident came on Tuesday, when  Elie Wiesel, an Israeli Nobel Peace Prize laureaute and Holocaust survivor, found himself surrounded by members of the Iranian delegation, who chanted "Zio-Nazi" at him. Read more and see the video...

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The Durban II anti-racism conference was far from smooth running. The latest incident came on Tuesday, when  Elie Wiesel, an Israeli Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Holocaust survivor, found himself surrounded by members of the Iranian delegation, who chanted "Zio-Nazi" at him.

Despite boycotting the conference, Israel found itself at the centre of controversy after a fiery speech by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Monday. The Iranian leader described Israel's government as "totally racist", prompting several delegations to walk out. The day after, members of the Iranian delegation in attendance took to Elie Wiesel, who had reacted strongly to the "hateful" speech. This video was shot by a member of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre, an organisation that works to tackle anti-Semitism and teach future generations about the Holocaust.

"The only thing to come from that is the Israelis (...) folding further into themselves"

Lisa Goldman is a blogger and journalist from Tel-Aviv.

I can neither be bothered to take this seriously or get angry about this kind of thing anymore. What is he trying to do? Help the Palestinian people, as he claims? It's so hypocritical.

I have a lot of Iranian friends and I can tell you that these insults do not represent the opinions of the general public. To attack Israel with the Jewish people's biggest ever trauma, it's a provocative, destructive and stupid attitude. His objective is obvious; he's trying to get sympathy from extremists. The only thing to come from that is the Israelis, feeling that the world is against them, becoming more paranoid and folding further into themselves. And just how will that help the Palestinians?"