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Serial No. 113-15: Anti-Semitism: A Growing Threat to All Faiths, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, House of Representatives, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, First Session, February 27, 2013   [open pdf - 8MB]

This is the February 27, 2013 hearing on "Anti-Semitism: A Growing Threat to All Faiths," held before the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations. From the opening statement of Christopher H. Smith: "Thank you for being here bright and early. And I want to welcome you to this, what I believe and we believe to be a very important hearing on anti--Semitism and combating anti--Semitism, with a particular emphasis on Europe. At a congressional hearing that I chaired in 2002 on combating anti--Semitism, Dr. Shimon Samuels of the Wiesenthal Center in Paris testified and said, 'The Holocaust for 30 years after the war acted as a protective teflon against blatant anti-Semitic expression, especially in Europe. That teflon,' he said, 'has eroded, and what was considered distasteful and politically incorrect is becoming simply an opinion. But,' he warned ominously, 'cocktail chatter at fine English dinners can end in Molotov cocktails against synagogues.' In response to what appeared to be a sudden frightening spike in anti-Semitism in several countries, including here in the United States, we first proposed the idea for a conference on combating anti-Semitism under the auspices of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe [OSCE]. Convinced we had an escalating crisis on our hands, we teamed with several OSCE partners to push for action and reform. Many of the people and the NGOs present in this room played a leading part." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Katrina Lantos Swett, Eric Metaxas, Zuhdi Jasser, Elisa Massimino, Tamas Fellegi, Willy Silberstein, Andrew Baker, David Meyer, Yaakov Bleich, Andrew Srulevitch, Christopher H. Smith, Mark Weitzman, and C. Welton Gaddy.

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