Government Actions to Combat Anti-Semitism in the OSCE Region, Hearing before the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, One Hundred Eighth Congress, Second Session, June 16, 2004 [open pdf - 933KB]
From the statement of Chairman Christopher H. Smith: "As all of you know, roughly 2 years ago a wave of anti-Semitic violence swept through much of the OSCE region. Unparalleled since the dark days of WWII, Jewish communities throughout Europe and North America faced repeated attacks against Jewish cultural sites, cemeteries and individuals. In the eastern portions of the OSCE region, anti-Semitic acts occurred in places long devoid of Jewish life, as hate-filled individuals tried to extinguish the last whispers of history testifying to a once vibrant Jewish community. Despite efforts by some governments, sporadic incidents continued to arise throughout the region, both east and west. This convulsion of violence has sent a clear message that our societies still suffer from the latent disease of anti-Semitism. We are gathered here today to see what we can do, what actions we can take, to ensure that incidents of anti-Semitism become forever a thing of the past. This hearing comes on the heels of the April 1 OSCE Berlin Conference on Anti-Semitism. At the historic Berlin Conference, held in a city that was once the epicenter of hate and is of unquestioned significance, 55 participating States gathered together in the fight against anti-Semitism."
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