Anti-Semitism, Racism and Discrimination in the OSCE Region, Hearing Before the U.S. Commission on Security & Cooperation in Europe, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, Second Session, July 22, 2014   [open pdf - 2MB]

This testimony compilation is from the July 22, 2014 hearing, "Anti-Semitism, Racism, and Discrimination in the OSCE Region," before the U.S. Commission on Security & Cooperation in Europe. From Chairman Ben Cardin's statement: "Unfortunately, the challenges before us have not abated in the past decade. I am most profoundly alarmed by the increased instances of violence targeting people who are Jewish, who are believed by their attackers to be Jewish, synagogues, or other Jewish community buildings. On Passover eve in April, three people were murdered in Kansas outside of Jewish community centers. Three more people were murdered at the end of May at the Jewish Museum in Brussels. These attacks come when the pain and terror from the 2012 murder of four adults and three children at a Jewish school in Toulouse is still so profoundly felt. Last week, two synagogues in Paris were attacked. These horrible incidents illustrate that the physical protection of Jewish communities and their institutions is critical and more must be done to prevent such atrocities." Statements, letters, and material submitted for the record include those of the following: Ben Cardin, Steny Hoyer, Alcee Hastings, Andrew Baker, Alexey Avtonomov, Talip Kucukcan and Azra Junuzovic. Background materials submitted for the record include: "Teaching Materials to Combat Anti-Semitism," "Guidelines for Educators on Countering Intolerance and Discrimination against Muslims," "ODIHR and the Battle against Hate Crime Factsheet," "Training Against Hate Crimes for Law Enforcement," and the unofficial transcript of the hearing.

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