ADL Welcomes Russian Government Response to Accusations Against Jews (ADL-ANTI-DEFAMATION LEAGUE) Moscow 01/26/05)
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Moscow, January 26, 2005…The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today
welcomed the Russian Foreign Ministry´s speedy response to an anti-
Semitic letter signed by nationalist and Communist members of the
parliament accusing the Russian Jewish community of inciting ethnic
hatred and being responsible for anti-Semitism.
The lawmakers have since withdrawn the letter. They had appealed to
the Russian Prosecutor General for an investigation of Jewish
organizations with the goal of making them illegal. The petitioners
claimed that Jews were responsible for the perpetration of anti-
Semitic acts and the very existence of anti-Semitism.
"The speedy response of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to clearly
state that the anti-Semitic expressions in the letter were not those
of the official government, is an important message," said Alexander
Axelrod, Director of ADL´s Moscow Office. He urged the Russian
government to "actively work together with non-governmental
organizations to combat anti-Semitism and xenophobia and to promote
tolerance in every region of Russia."
Mr. Axelrod also urged that, "Those who signed the letter be
identified and punished." (© 2003 Anti-Defamation League 01/26/05)
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