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ADL Welcomes E.U. Statement Against Anti-Semitism

New York, NY, December 12, 2003 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today welcomed an official European Union statement condemning anti-Semitism as "an important and historic recognition of the severity of anti-Semitism in Europe today."  However, the League said the statement must be followed up with "sustained efforts to combat anti-Semitism through educational, legal and political means."

Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director and author of Never Again? The Threat of the New Anti-Semitism (HarperSanFrancisco, 2003) issued the following statement:

The statement by the European Union is an important and historic recognition of the severity of anti-Semitism today.  Faced with anti-Semitic violence against Jewish institutions and individuals, and a general growing tolerance for anti-Semitism in their societies, Jewish communities in many European countries are feeling increasingly insecure and beleaguered.
     
Over the past few months, more and more European leaders are realizing the problem of anti-Jewish attitudes and violence within their borders.  However, as important as this E.U. statement is, the crisis of anti-Semitism in Europe will not be resolved with words alone.  We call on the E.U. along with its member nations to undertake constructive and sustained efforts to combat anti-Semitism through educational, legal and political means.

The E.U., in its Presidency Conclusions, expressed "deep concern at the increase in instances of anti-Semitic intolerance and strongly condemns all manifestations of anti-Semitism, including attacks against religious sites and individuals." 
     
The League expressed great appreciation to Italy, which currently holds the E.U. presidency and Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and his Government for promoting this statement.


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