ADL Applauds European Conference's Declaration Against Anti-Semitism

April 29, 2004

Source: Anti-Defamation League

On April 29, 2004 Anti-Defamation League reported, " The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) hailed the unveiling of the Berlin Declaration against anti-Semitism by the 55 nations of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) as 'the end of European denial.' 'European leaders have made a positive commitment to look not only at the root causes of anti-Semitism and its manifestations, but to take concrete action against hate with education and anti-bias programs,' said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director and a Public Advisor to the U.S. delegation to the OSCE Conference. 'This important declaration represents an end to European denial that a problem exists and recognition that the disease of anti-Semitism cannot be eradicated unless it is first diagnosed, and then treated.' At the same time, ADL leaders stressed that European leaders must make clear that attacks against synagogues and other Jewish institutions are unacceptable, especially when the excuse for such attacks is anger over Israel's policy toward Palestinians...The OSCE Conference on Anti-Semitism ended with the unveiling of the Berlin Declaration against anti-Semitism which spelled out a series of binding commitments for the 55 member states to take action through the collection of data on anti-Semitic incidents and the promotion of educational initiatives to counteract anti-Jewish sentiment, prejudice and bigotry."