AJC Experts Address Anti-Semitism

AJC attends largest conference of its kind

AJC staff experts will play a key role in this week’s 2010 Conference on Combating Anti-Semitism, hosted by the Inter-Parliamentary Coalition for Combating Anti-Semitism (ICCA) from November 7 to 9, 2010. Over three days, AJC staff will work with parliamentarians and experts from over 40 countries to share data and exchange best practices on the most effective ways to combat anti-Semitism around the world.

AJC participants include:
  • Rabbi Andrew Baker, Director of International Jewish Affairs, who will speak during the plenary session of the Parliamentary Conference. Rabbi Baker is also the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chair-in-Office on Combating Anti-Semitism.
  • Hillel Neuer, UN Watch Executive Director, who will address a panel on “State-sanctioned and State-backed Anti-Semitism: Anti-Semitism in the International Arena.” Neuer will focus his remarks on the United Nations’ demonization of Israel.
  • Ken Stern, Director of Anti-Semitism and Extremism, who will participate in two sessions. The first will work with Members of Parliament as they look at policing hate crime issues, while the second will focus on anti-Semitic issues on university and college campuses.

Read press release from ICCA below:

Stepping Up To Stop the Hate

Parliamentarians and Experts From Around the Globe Gear Up For 2010 Conference on Combating Antisemitism

Ottawa, ON – November 1, 2010 – Parliamentarians and experts from over 40 countries are set to gather in Ottawa from November 7-9th to take part in the 2010 Conference on Combating Antisemitism. The conference, which is hosted by the Inter-Parliamentary Coalition for Combating Antisemitism (ICCA) with sponsorship by the Government of Canada, is the largest of its kind. Over three days delegates will explore data and exchange best practices to learn about the most effective ways to combat antisemitism around the world.

“Unfortunately, antisemitism continues to be a problem both in Canada and internationally, with 2009 being judged as one of the worst years on record,” said British Member of Parliament John Mann, Chair of the British All-Party Parliamentary Group against Antisemitism and Co-Founder of the ICCA. “The lessons learned and the actions that will be put in place from this year’s conference will help in the study and hopefully the eradication of all forms of racism.”

The 2010 conference in Ottawa follows the inaugural ICCA conference which was held in London, England in February 2009, where Canada sent the largest international delegation of Parliamentarians. This year the Parliamentarian conference is running in parallel with the Experts portion and features a mix of guest speakers, plenary sessions, and expert discussions. With an impressive list of Parliamentarians from six continents, such as Michael Danby (Australia), Nthabiseng Pauline Khunou (South Africa), Chris Smith (U.S.), and Ram Jethmalani (India), the conference is shaping up to be a key international discussion on antisemitism, all taking place on Canadian soil.

“Antisemitism is the oldest and more enduring of hatreds – ‘a lethal obsession’ as it has been called – which has caused untold catastrophes, ” said Member of Parliament Hon. Irwin Cotler, Co-Founder and Chair of the ICCA. “As it has been said ‘while it may begin with Jews, it doesn’t end with Jews.’ We ignore antisemitism at our peril.”

The conference represents the largest ever international parliamentary gathering on antisemitism. The recommendations made by participants during the Conference will be made available broadly and be used as the basis for further action to help put an end to the world’s oldest and most enduring form of discrimination.

“I applaud the efforts of the Parliamentary Centre, the ICCA and the Canadian Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Antisemitism to host this conference,” said Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Jason Kenney. “By supporting this work, Canada continues to lead the worldwide struggle against antisemitism, a uniquely durable and pernicious form of hatred."

About the Inter-Parliamentary Coalition for Combating Antisemitism (ICCA)
The Inter-Parliamentary Coalition for Combating Antisemitism (ICCA) brings together some 46 countries and over 250 parliamentarians from around the world to lead the fight against resurgent global antisemitism. Its principal purpose is to share knowledge, experience, best practices, and recommendations, encouraging their dissemination in an attempt to deal more effectively with contemporary antisemitism.