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Thursday, April 29, 2004

55 nations vow anti-Semitism fight

Fifty-five nations at an international conference have pledged to suppress rising anti-Semitism and agreed that the Middle East conflict cannot justify attacks on Jews.

Members of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe from North America, Europe and Central Asia concluded their two-day meeting with the "Berlin Declaration" condemning all manifestations of and attacks motivated by anti-Semitism.

"(The states) declare unambiguously that international developments or political issues, including those in Israel or elsewhere in the Middle East, never justify anti-Semitism," the text of the final agreement said.

Europe has seen a rise in attacks on Jews coinciding with an escalation in Middle East violence since 2000