ADL Calls on Italian Government to Block Holocaust Denial Conference
New York, N.Y., December 11, 2002 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today urged Italian authorities to prevent the Nuovo Ordine Europo (NOE) from holding a Holocaust denial conference in Italy on December 14, and called on Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to denounce this latest manifestation of anti-Semitism and ensure the safety of Italian Jews.
"For the third time in just over two years the NOE is planning to target Italy with their virulent anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. "As the number of Holocaust survivors are dwindling and anti-Semitic tensions in Europe higher than they have been in decades, we respectfully urge the Italian government to do all it can to prevent this conference from taking place, to denounce this latest manifestation of anti-Semitism and to ensure the security of Italian Jews."
The NOE, formerly known as the Nuovo Ordine Nazionale (NON), is an organization dedicated to promulgating Holocaust denial and anti-Semitism and describes its mission as "opposing a worldwide Jewish adversary." Angelo Cauter, an active member of the neo-fascist Movimiento Fascismo e Libertŕ, heads the group.
The latest conference is set to begin on December 14 with Fredrick Töben (recently convicted by Australian courts of inciting racial hatred), Vincent Reynouard (a former French high school teacher who used school facilities to disseminate Holocaust-denial and right-wing literature), and Jean-Louis Berger (former member of the French right-wing group National Front, convicted of inciting racial hatred and defaming the memory of the dead in France in 2000), Ahmad Soroush Nejad and Edoardo Longo are expected to participate. Previously, NOE held conferences in Trieste, in October 2001 and May 2002. Another conference, planned for October 2002 in Verona, was canceled.
The League communicated this issue with a letter to Prime Minister Berlusconi.
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