Interfax : EJC launches new initiative European Forum of Tolerance

MOSCOW – President of the Russian and European Jewish congresses Vyacheslav Kantor has announced the launch of European Forum of Tolerance: The Council of Europe’s Civil Society Representatives (CECSR).

“We seek to emphasize the global importance of fighting xenophobia in its most acute form, anti-Semitism”, the press service of the Russian Jewish Community quoted Kantor as saying. “The Council of Europe’s Civil Society Representatives will call to global community and political leaders attention, the need to confront the recent escalation of anti-Semitism and xenophobia in Europe and all over the world,” the press service said.

The forum will be presided by former Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski, and distinguished political leaders, scientists, artists and public activists who have been fighting against discrimination and intolerance for the past decades will take part in the new initiative.
The first public event of the CECSR will take place on the occasion of the third Let My People Live! international forum, which will be held in Brussels in November 2008 and this year will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Kristallnacht.

The Kristallnacht was a riot in Nazi Germany on November 9 – November 10, 1938.

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