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New OSCE/ODIHR publication aimed at assisting governments in addressing security needs of Jewish communities
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New OSCE/ODIHR publication aimed at assisting governments in addressing security needs of Jewish communities

The OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) released on Monday a new publication aimed at assisting governments in addressing the security needs of Jewish communities, at a launch event in the Parliamentary Society of the German Bundestag. 

Recent years have seen deadly antisemitic attacks in Toulouse, Brussels, Paris, Copenhagen and elsewhere, as well as frequent non-lethal assaults, underscoring the urgent need for greater efforts to address antisemitism. Participants at the launch event stressed the importance of the publication at a time when the threat level for some Jewish communities in the OSCE region is high and immediate.

“Antisemitic incidents across the OSCE region in recent years have not only had a profoundly negative impact on the daily lives of Jewish individuals and communities and on their enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms, but have also created a widespread sense of fear and insecurity among them,” Michael Georg Link, ODIHR Director, said at the event. “This publication, in light of the urgent need for greater efforts to confront antisemitism, provides governments with effective measures and practices that can be implemented, in co-operation with Jewish communities, to better address their security needs, and thus remove this sense of fear and insecurity.”

The publication, Understanding Antisemitic Hate Crimes and Addressing the Security Needs of Jewish Communities, was produced within the framework of ODIHR’s “Words into Action to Address Antisemitism” project, in consultation with experts from throughout the OSCE region, to reflect good practices in addressing the security needs of Jewish communities. It lays out practical steps governments are recommended to take to address security needs in co-operation and partnership with these communities.

ODIHR has developed the Words into Action to Address Antisemitism project, generously funded by the German Federal Government, to strengthen the capacity of governments and civil society in OSCE participating States to prevent and respond to antisemitism. The multi-year project, launched in 2016, focuses on three broad areas: addressing the security needs of Jewish communities, countering antisemitism through education, and fostering coalition building among communities. 

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