The few Israelis who arrived Tuesday at the Swiss ski-resort town of Davos to attend the World Economic Forum, an annual meeting of approximately 2,500 business leaders, were in for a bitter surprise: A scathing and malicious article blasting Israel was included in a special booklet handed out to all the conference’s attendees.
The article calls on its readers to boycott Israel and compares Zionism to the most radical forms of racism.
After learning of the booklet, Canadian Jblogger Lost Budgie, put the heat on the WEF and got their Executive Director, Klaus Schwab, to issue a public apology.
As soon as I learned about this article, I immediately investigated how this situation could have developed. I concluded there was an unacceptable failure in the editorial process, specifically an insufficiently short period for review of content – for which there is no excuse. I, on behalf of the Forum, profoundly apologize and express my regrets to everyone.
Also at Davos last week, Rabbis David Rosen and Avraham Soetendorp held an official WEF Shabbat dinner, which was attended by Cardinal Martino, President fo the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace of the Holy See, and Sheikh El Zafzaf from Egypt, Deputy of the Grand Imam.
This historic Shabbat Dinner reinforced the spirit of Davos, as for the first time in the history of the World Economic Forum the ecomenical presence of all three Abrahamic religions demonstrated that the World Economic Forum is indeed the foremost forum where political, economic, civil society and spiritual leaders from all over the world come together in order to improve the state of the world.
…By humping the legs of freetraders while turning a blind eye to the demonstrators screaming outside. Mmmm… I can feel the love.