WIESEL: "WE SHOULD HAVE INTIVTED ISLAM AS WELL" TO THE CONFERENCE ON ANTISEMITISM
A true dialogue on anti-Semitism in the 21st century must include Muslims as well as Christians and Jews, said Holocaust survivor, author, and Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel on Wednesday.
That was the less than welcome, though absolutely crucial, message with which Wiesel confronted the European conference.
"It is sad to see that in 2004, there is still need for a convention to devote itself to battling anti-Semitism," Johannes Rau said in his opening speech. I could not agree more.
"Political disagreements do not justify violence against Jews in our streets, destruction of Jewish schools or the desecration of synagogues and cemeteries," Colin Powell said."It is not anti-Semitic to criticize the policies of the state of Israel, but the line is crossed when Israel or its leaders are demonized or vilified, for example, by the use of Nazi symbols and racist caricatures. . . . We will stand together and we will declare with one voice that anti-Semitism shall have no place among us and hate shall not find an home," he added.
The OSCE issued a press release that with the Berlin conference"the OSCE will signal that it takes seriously the problem of anti-Semitism and the concerns of the Jewish community the OSCE area".
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