Durban South Africa, September 2, 2001 (Reuters) - Israel was branded a "racist apartheid" state early on Sunday by thousands of non-governmental organizations meeting in South Africa.
The NGO Forum accused the Jewish state of "systematic perpetration of racist crimes including war crimes, acts of genocide and ethnic cleansing." It called Israel "a racist apartheid state in which Israel's brand of apartheid as a crime against humanity has been characterized by separation and segregation...and inhumane acts."
The declaration, adopted by 3,000 NGOs in 44 regional and interest-based caucuses, shocked Jewish groups. Jewish delegates walked out.