WASHINGTON - The Obama Administration will boycott next weeks United Nations conference on racism in Geneva over what it calls objectionable language about Israel in the meetings final document that targets the Jewish states policies in the Middle East. The decision follows weeks of intense internal debate that is sure to please Israel and Jewish groups that lobbied against US participation. But the move upset human rights advocates and the African-American community who had hoped that President Barack Obama, the nations first black President, would send an official delegation. The Obama Administration will with regret boycott a UN conference on racism next week over objectionable language in the meetings final document that could single out Israel for criticism and restrict free speech, the State Department said Saturday. Preparations for the World Conference Against Racism, which is expected to review progress made in fighting racism since the last one in Durban, South Africa, in 2001, have been underway for months, but was shunned by former president George W Bushs administration. The Obamas Administration showed some interest in attending the conference set on April 20-25, but urged for significant change to the draft text, including the removal of specific critical references to Israel. However, after weeks of debates, the State Department said that the final draft text still retains troubling elements to support for restrictions on free speech and affirm the conclusions drawn by the first World Conference Against Racism held in South Africa in 2001, where there were quarrels over the Middle East and the legacy of slavery. Earlier Saturday, State Department Spokesman Robert Wood said that despite improvements from an earlier draft, the changes in the final text do not address US concerns of anti-Israel and anti-Western bias. The administration had lobbied hard for more revisions so that it could participate. Unfortunately, it now seems certain these remaining concerns will not be addressed in the document to be adopted by the conference next week, Wood said in a statement. Therefore, with regret, the US will not join the review conference. AFP adds: The UN conference was undermined by a growing boycott by Western nations Sunday amid concern that it will serve as a bully pulpit against Israel, which slammed the meeting as a tragic farce. The outlook for the conference, which starts Monday in Geneva, was also thrown into doubt by the prospect of an opening day speech by Irans President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who has stirred outrage by repeatedly calling the Holocaust a myth. Australia and the Netherlands joined the US, Canada and Israel in deciding to stay away from the five-day Durban Review Conference. The meeting is meant to take stock of progress in fighting racial discrimination, xenophobia and intolerance since the controversial World Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa, eight years ago. Regrettably, we cannot be confident that the review conference will not again be used as a platform to air offensive views, including anti-Semitic views, Australian foreign minister Stephen Smith said in a statement. Major European Union nations were still discussing their attendance in Geneva, a spokesman for Germanys Foreign Ministry said, as Berlin came under pressure to stay away. Dutch Foreign Minister Maxime Verhagen broke ranks with the EU on Sunday, announcing that the Netherlands would not attend because it feared the event would be abused for political ends and attacks on the West. Calling the UN meeting a tragic farce, Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Yossi Levy said: Officially it is aimed at denouncing racism, but it has invited a Holocaust denier who has called for the destruction of Israel. Monday is also Holocaust commemoration day, which will be marked by ceremony in Geneva attended by leading Jewish figures including Nobel peace laureate Elie Wiesel, and the anniversary of Hitlers birthday. US-based campaign group Human Rights Watch slammed the boycott as unacceptable, as other issues of racial discrimination and xenophobia were overshadowed by the spat. These countries are turning their backs on the victims of racism and are gravely endangering the UNs work against racism, HRW spokeswoman Juliette de Rivero told AFP. Other human rights groups challenged Ahmadinejad to eliminate severe discrimination against religious and ethnic minorities, women, and halt incitement to hatred in Iran. By coming to the Durban Review Conference, President Ahmadinejad signals a commitment to the conferences goals of eliminating all forms of discrimination and intolerance, said Diane Alai, the BICs representative at the UN in Geneva. Pope Benedict XVI called the conference an important initiative and urged firm and concrete international action... against all forms of discrimination and intolerance.