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ADL Issues Action Agenda to U.S.-German Interparliamentary Forum on Combating Anti-Semitism

Washington, DC, December 10, 2002 ... The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today issued a 10-point action agenda against global anti-Semitism for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to mobilize its 55 member nations to take the fight against anti-Semitism to a new level of intensity.

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In testimony before an interparliamentary forum on Confronting and Combating anti-Semitism on Capitol Hill, Kenneth Jacobson, ADL Associate National Director, urged parliamentarians from the U.S. and Germany to broaden the alliance of nations willing to speak out against anti-Semitism and to utilize the OSCE to "turn bold recognition and understanding of the problem and its urgency into concerted, multilateral action."

At the conclusion of the forum, the parliamentarians signed a "letter of intent" incorporating a number of ADL recommendations on how parliamentarians can respond to increased anti-Semitism in the OSCE region.

ADL's 10-point action agenda against global anti-Semitism for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)

1. National and local authorities must call attacks on Jews and Jewish institutions what they are - anti-Semitism.

2. Political and civic leaders should utilize opportunities they have every day to speak out against bigotry.

3. OSCE and member nations must reaffirm anti-Semitism as a form of racism and xenophobia.

4. All nations should follow the lead of Germany and the United States and pass resolutions against anti-Semitism and develop national action plans to combat it.

5. OSCE should convene a Supplementary Human Dimension Implementation meeting to address anti-Semitism.

6. Nations must craft approaches to ensure that regional constitutional, administrative, and legal instruments are fully utilized to combat cases of anti-Semitism.

7. Use schools as a staging ground for anti-bias education.

8. Implement Holocaust education curricula to draw upon the lessons of this tragic period to illuminate the importance of moral decision.

9. Train law enforcement in hate crimes response and develop cross cultural skills and communication among officers.

10. Respond to racism and hate crimes in the armed forces by providing anti-bias and prejudice awareness training.

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.



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