US State Department offers to fund programs abroad against rise of anti-Semitism
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US State Department offers to fund programs abroad against rise of anti-Semitism

Proposals sought for projects in Europe and central Asia to increase documenting and reporting hate crimes

A swastika and the words 'Shoa blabla' was on the monument in the Garden of Remembrance in the Champagne-au-Mont-d'Or cemetery, on February 20, 2019. (JEFF PACHOUD / AFP)
A swastika and the words 'Shoa blabla' was on the monument in the Garden of Remembrance in the Champagne-au-Mont-d'Or cemetery, on February 20, 2019. (JEFF PACHOUD / AFP)

The US State Department is offering to shell out up to $1 million each on up to two projects that combat the rise of anti-Semitism in countries in Europe and Central Asia, an announcement said this week.

The State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor has issued a tender this week for proposals for such projects to be carried out in member countries of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.

The program will be operated in cooperation with the Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism.

The announcement defined the rise of anti-Semitism as being “manifested through acts of physical violence, desecration of religious sites, religion-based discrimination, and the use of hateful or inflammatory speech in public discourse, traditional media and online.”

The bureau “will support one or more projects to counter anti-Semitism by increasing documentation and reporting on hate crimes, promoting greater societal inclusion and increasing public awareness of ways to combat hateful and discriminatory expression targeting Jews. Efforts to increase reporting should also include training law enforcement to adequately and holistically respond to hate crimes from a legal, social, and community perspective; and to better equip police and prosecutors to engage effectively with local Jewish populations,” the announcement said.

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