6 April 2004
BERLIN – A conference aimed at fighting anti-Semitism will be held in Berlin later this month hosted by the German government and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the foreign ministry said Tuesday in a statement.
“The OSCE and the German government want to send out the message that they take the problem of anti-Semitism and concerns of Jewish communities very seriously,” said the statement.
The meeting, which will be attended by 500 representatives from all 55 OSCE states, will take place 28 to 29 April at the German Foreign Ministry.
“Concrete joint steps to fight anti-Semitism in all its forms are supposed to be agreed at the conference,” said the statement.
German Federal President Johannes Rau will open the meeting and German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer will head the German delegation.
The German Jewish community – after nearly being wiped out in the Holocaust – has grown from about 30,000 in 1989 to over 100,000 with large numbers of Jewish immigrants coming from the former Soviet Union.
Subject: German news