ADL to European Nations: Follow Through on Pledge to Address Anti-Semitism and Hate Violence

Warsaw, Poland, September 24, 2013 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today called on the 57 states of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to follow through on their pledge to address anti-Semitism and hate violence across the region.

The League addressed the government officials assembled at the OSCE's annual Human Dimension Implementation Meeting in Warsaw, Poland, flagging developments and trends across the region and providing recommendations for action.

“Anti-Semitism and hatred is a shared problem across the OSCE region and all states, and all sectors of society in each of our countries share a stake in our collective effort to combat it,” said Mindy Reinstein, ADL Assistant Director of Government and National Affairs, who presented the League’s statement at the meeting.  “In some OSCE countries, anti-Semitism has a seat at the political table in the form of parties with anti-Semitic and xenophobic platforms.  Two of the most fundamental Jewish religious practices – circumcision and kosher slaughter – are increasingly being challenged.”

ADL called on the 57 participating states to take action, including:

  • Take the pledges and commitments to fight anti-Semitism made at this conference and use the bully pulpit to promote them at home.
  • Monitor anti-Semitism and hate crime as a first step.  The existence of good data is the first measure of a government’s commitment to protect Jews and others from hate crime.  Participating States should, at a minimum provide the OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) basic information and data on the nature, incidence, and response to violent hate crimes as they have committed to do.
  • Mark the 10th Anniversary of the 2004 landmark Berlin Declaration on Anti-Semitism with a Berlin Plus Ten conference.

ADL continues to work with the OSCE by seeking innovative ways to address anti-Semitism and hate crime in Europe and in the region of the Former Soviet Union.  Over the past 10 years, the League has presented resources and recommendations to the OSCE on issues including best practices to confront anti-Semitism, anti-bias education, hate crime data collection, combating youth violence, hate on the Internet, and Holocaust education.

ADL is the world’s leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of anti-Semitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education, and fighting hate online, ADL is the first call when acts of anti-Semitism occur. ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.