Anti-Zionism at DavosCategories: Daily Briefing
Klaus Schwab, executive director of the World Economic Forum, issued an apology this afternoon after a bitter controversy broke out over an article calling for the boycott of Israel that was published in the Forum's Global Agenda magazine, distributed widely to the 2,500 attendees of this year's conference.
The article which was also distributed at the Zurich airport and various hotels, was written by Mazin Qumsiyeh, a geneticist. The article equates Zionism and racism.
In a release this afternoon Schwab stated, "With great concern and pain, I just learned that the Global Agenda, a publication distributed to our members at the Annual Meeting 2006, contains an article calling for a boycott of Israel. This article is totally in contradition to my own and the Forum's, mission and values."
He said that the article appeared because of an "unacceptable failure in the editorial process, specifically an insufficiently short period for review of content - for which there is no excuse."
One attendee said the Forum was considering tearing the article out of the remaining copies of the Global Agenda magazine.
Posted by on January 26, 2006 02:59 PM (Paris)