55 nations will attend the OSCE international conference on anti-Semitism in Vienna

The National Director of ADL was appointed member of the US delegation


Press release issued by ADL-USA

www.adl.org


Translated from English by MCA Romania

The Centre for Monitoring and Combating the Anti-Semitism in Romania

www.antisemitism.ro


New York, NY, June 11, 2003


In order to address the issue of anti-Semitism and its effects in Europe, Central Asia and North America, as well as to asses the role of governments and of the civil society in promoting tolerance, OSCE organizes a conference on anti-Semitism that is to take place in Vienna, on June 19 and 20. Abraham Foxman, National Director of the ADL (Anti-Defamation League) will attend this conference as a member of the US delegation, led by Rudolph W. Giuliani, former mayor of New York City. Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel is one of the major participants to this conference.


“The importance of the fact that 55 nations meet to discuss how to combat anti-Semitism cannot be stressed enough”, said Mr. Foxman. “Now that this issue has been acknowledged, we hope that the meeting in Vienna will take the fight against anti-Semitism to a higher level”. Mr. Foxman added: “I am proud to belong to the US official delegation and to the group of those who lead this fight.”


The conference in Vienna follows the OSCE cross-parliamentary forum on confronting and combating anti-Semitism that took place in Capitol Hall in December 2002. At this forum, ADL issued an 10-point operative agenda against global anti-Semitism and demanded that OSCE have each of its members initiate positive measures at home.


In his declaration before the participants at the forum, Kenneth Jacobson, Associate National Director of the ADL, urged the US and German parliamentarians to enlarge the alliance of the nations willing to adopt a firm attitude against anti-Semitism and to use the OSCE in order to “generate an acknowledgement and an understanding without compromises of the issue and of the need for urgent multilateral actions”. The parliamentarians signed a “letter of intention” consisting of a number of recommendations made by the ADL on the way in which they can respond to anti-Semitism, which is once again developing in the OSCE area.


Our note:

The National Director of MCA Romania (an organization affiliated to the ADL) was invited to and will attend the OSCE conference on anti-Semitism that will take place in Vienna, on June 19 and 20.