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"The Rise of Antisemitism in Europe and Why America Should Care"
March 30, 2015 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater
In recent months, acts of antisemitic and xenophobic violence have grabbed headlines across Europe. In France, Belgium and Germany, violence and hate speech targeting Jews marred protests on the war between Israel and Gaza. Antisemitic, anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim far-right parties scored electoral gains in a number of European countries this spring, giving them 59 seats in the European Parliament. In France, Marine Le Pen's National Front made large gains in both European and local elections. In Greece and Hungary, the openly racist and antisemitic parties Golden Dawn and Jobbik continue to amass political power while they foster discrimination and violence. Political leaders in both countries have failed to combat the rising tide of violent antisemitism and extremism, at times empowering extremist parties to gain more ground. At a time when the transatlantic alliance is more important than ever, the United States cannot afford to allow its allies, especially those in the European Union, to erode democratic norms. At a recent meeting of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power cautioned that antisemitism is a threat to the future of Europe. During this discussion, Human Rights First's Elisa Massimino and Tad Stahnke will discuss the growth of antisemitism in Europe, and how the American policymakers and European leaders should respond to these trends in order to protect the values of liberal democracy and maintain a strong Trans-Atlantic Alliance. Tickets are $5 for HMH members, seniors and students and $8 for nonmembers. Seating is limited, and advance registration is requested. To RSVP online, visit www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx.

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