Source: BBC News
On April 28, 2004 the BBC News reported, "A major conference on anti-Semitism has opened in Berlin with calls for renewed efforts to fight the problem. The event was convened in response to an apparent rise in anti-Jewish incidents in Europe. US Secretary of State Colin Powell said the countries present were there 'to stamp out new fires of anti-Semitism within our societies.' The conference aims to draw up specific steps, with education being singled out as a key area for action. Mr Powell said: 'Today we confront the ugly reality that anti-Semitism is not just a fact of history but a current event'...The two-day meeting brings together representatives from 55 European states and the US."