State Department to fund programs against rise of antisemitism abroad

The program will be operated in cooperation with the Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
March 28, 2019 02:59
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The U.S. State Department is offering to shell out up to $1 million each on up to two projects that counter the rise of antisemitism in countries in Europe and Central Asia.

The State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor put out a call this week for proposals for such projects to be carried out in member countries of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.



The program will be operated in cooperation with the Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism.



The announcement defined the rise of antisemitism as being “manifested through acts of physical violence, desecration of religious sites, religion-based discrimination, and the use of hateful or inflammatory speech in public discourse, traditional media and online.”



The Bureau “will support one or more projects to counter antisemitism by increasing documentation and reporting on hate crimes, promoting greater societal inclusion and increasing public awareness of ways to combat hateful and discriminatory expression targeting Jews. Efforts to increase reporting should also include training law enforcement to adequately and holistically respond to hate crimes from a legal, social, and community perspective; and to better equip police and prosecutors to engage effectively with local Jewish populations,” the announcement said.

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