Unfortunately, we continue to see the dramatic growth of anti-Semitism, particularly in Europe and the Islamic world. This scourge has reached its highest level since World War II. B'nai B'rith International is dedicated to shining the spotlight on hatred of Jews as a distinct and unique social illness, and to marshaling efforts to combat, and wherever possible, eradicate this phenomenon.
B'nai B'rith International supported a bill, signed into law by President Bush in 2004, which created a U.S. State Department office devoted to monitoring anti-Semitism around the world. The Global Anti-Semitism Review Act also required the State Department to issue a country-by-country report on anti-Semitic acts.
B'nai B'rith also has worked extensively with officials in the State Department, in Congress, and in foreign governments to support the efforts of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to combat anti-Semitism. Since 2003, B'nai B'rith has participated in high-level conferences on anti-Semitism in Vienna, Berlin, Cordoba, and Bucharest, as well as numerous consultations and experts meetings to promote tolerance and inter-group understanding.
B'nai B'rith successfully pressed for the inclusion, in an OSCE Parliamentary Assembly resolution, of an amendment endorsing the Romanian government's offer to host a June 2007 conference focusing on anti-Semitism and other forms of intolerance. B'nai B'rith also supports the continuation of the mandate of three personal representatives of the OSCE's chair-in-office to monitor anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, and other forms of intolerance. In February 2013, B'nai B'rith joined UNESCO in the denunciation of anti-Semitic representations at the Aalst Carnival.
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