ADL Welcomes State Department Report On Global Anti-Semitism
New York, NY, March 14, 2008 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today applauded the State Department Report on Contemporary Global Anti-Semitism that documents the upsurge in anti-Semitism around the world and the worrying trends about which ADL has been raising concern.
The Report highlights the proliferation of anti-Semitic themes such as conspiracy theories about Jewish control and the questioning of Jewish loyalty, as well as manifestations of anti-Zionism. The Report was spearheaded by the new Office to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism, headed by Special Envoy Gregg Rickman.
Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, issued the following statement:
We commend this Report in particular for the depth and precision with which it explains and defines how the expanding global scope of anti-Semitism is manifested today and its nexus with virulent demonization of Israel and of Zionism. It documents how age-old anti-Semitism and the "new" anti-Semitism coalesce around the world, be it in Belarus, Egypt, Iran or Venezuela.
The Report not only focuses attention on the problem, but sets important benchmarks and criteria for foreign governments as well as for US monitoring and diplomacy. Its publication provides an important opportunity for demarches by the Secretary of State and for U.S. Ambassadors in foreign capitals to urge governments to take concrete action against the trends and findings contained in the Report.
We applaud Congress and the Administration for their continuing leadership in shining a spotlight on anti-Semitism. The Report is yet another demonstration of America's resolve to take practical and meaningful action to highlight both problems and progress. Its findings also underscore the need for more countries to develop monitoring standards and mechanisms to identify and respond to anti-Semitic incidents. We hope that this call to action by the United States government will encourage countries to do more to monitor and combat anti-Semitism.
The Report, which cites ADL public opinion polls on anti-Semitic attitudes in Europe, can be downloaded at State Department Report on Contemporary Global Anti-Semitism.
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