EU opens office against anti-Semitism

Office opened by B'nai B'rith org.; Minister Herzog: Holocaust denial "an essential issue" for Europe.

October 18, 2007 19:16
EU opens office against anti-Semitism

anti semitism UK 248.88 ap. (photo credit: AP [file])

The European Union must focus on eradicating anti-Semitism, the international Jewish rights organization B'nai B'rith International said Thursday as it opened an EU affairs office. Attending the opening, Minister of Social Affairs Isaac Herzog said Holocaust denial is an essential issue in Europe. All EU member nations have laws against Holocaust denial. Herzog said the current generation of Jews is challenged by "hatred emanating from Iran, from extreme Muslim schools of thought." EU officials agreed there was a need to closely monitor anti-Semitism. "This repugnant phenomenon demands special attention, in Europe and abroad," Benita Ferrero-Waldner, EU Commissioner for External Affairs, said in a written statement read at the opening. B'nai B'rith is based in Washington and has branches in 29 countries. The Polish branch reopened in September, 60 years after it was closed down before World War II.

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