ADL Commends Jacques Chirac for Efforts to Fight Anti-Semitism in France
New York, NY, February 17, 2004…The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) commended President Jacques Chirac for the French government's efforts to protect France's Jewish community and its actions to combat the increased anti-Semitism that has spread in France in the past few years.
"We appreciate your public statements condemning anti-Semitism and those by key ministers in your government," said Barbara B. Balser, ADL National Chair and Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director in a letter to President Chirac. "The Jewish community of France continues to feel vulnerable, and anti-Semitic sentiment in France remains at crisis proportions.
"As we recognize the significant measures undertaken by your Government, we urge that these efforts be maintained to ensure that the Jewish community may be protected, and beyond this, to intensify long-range programs in schools and other key institutions combating discrimination."
The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.