Little interest for growing anti-Semitism in Europe
ANDERS Ulstein 15.11.2014 kl. 17.41
Far fewer European countries than previously showed any interest in the OSCE’s major conference on anti-Semitism in Berlin on 13 November (Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe). Despite a sharp rise in anti-Semitism in Europe in recent years, European governments are far less represented this time than at the previous conference in 2004.
America’s UN ambassador Samantha Power was harsh in her criticism, reports The Tablet.
“It is also why, frankly, it is deeply concerning that even as anti-Semitism is rising in Europe, a third fewer countries are Participating in the 2014 conference than took part in the 2004 conference, and only one in three of the countries that sent a foreign minister or other cabinet level official in 2004 has sent one at that level to this conference.”
In 2004 the OSCE Conference Berlin adopted the Declaration on measures against anti-Semitism.
“Based on the Declaration, the OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) leads the Organization’s efforts to combat anti-Semitism through a range of measures, such as training police officials, prosecutors and civil society, and collecting data about hate crime provided by governments, NGOs and international organizations in the Hate Crime Reporting website.”
The meeting this month, 10 years after, was to discuss how the recommendation was followed up and consider new initiatives in light of the growing anti-Semitic actions and attitudes in Europe.
The conference was opened in Berlin by the German Foreign Minister. There is no information on the State Department or the Norwegian Embassy in Berlin web pages about any Norwegian participation. It probably means that none of the political leaders participated. There are no reports in Norwegian media available online.