New Effort Launched to Fight Anti-Semitism

November 10, 2008

Author: William J. Kole

Source: The Associated Press

Every few months in Austria, vandals topple tombstones in a Jewish cemetery and spray swastikas on the headstones.

But it's not just happening here, officials warned Monday, as Europe's top human rights body joined forces with a global Holocaust education task force to fight what they denounced as a "scourge of anti-Semitism" across the Continent.

"Anti-Semitism is still not an issue of the past ... the Holocaust is something that can happen again and again and again," warned Ferdinand Trauttmansdorf, chairman of the Task Force for International Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research.

The international task force, led this year by Austria, teamed up with the Council of Europe in a bid to more closely coordinate education and public awareness efforts to combat acts of hatred against Jews.

Among the measures in the works: a joint media campaign dubbed, "All Different — All Equal," to promote and celebrate diversity.