VERBAL PROTEST NOT ENOUGH TO FIGHT ANTI-SEMITISM: RUSSIAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST

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BERLIN, April 28 (RIA Novosti) - Combat against anti-Semitism must be an all-round effort. Mere response to vandalism and abuse of Jews in media outlets is far from enough. Whatever manifestations of racial intolerance and superiority deserve harsh and principled appraisal, Ella Pamfilova, Russia's presidential human rights commission head, said to an OSCE international conference on anti-Semitism, underway in Berlin.

Russia initiated a resolution denouncing xenophobia, racism and racial discrimination, which the UN rights commission adopted. Miss Pamfilova deeply regrets the USA and European Union countries have not come up in its support.

The OSCE, UNESCO and the Council of Europe are in duty bound to join team efforts protecting the civilised world from the dire threat, she stressed.

The speaker gave a detailed account of related Russian developments. "Whatever problems we might be facing, we have the main thing that matters-the public and the federal top share political goodwill to join hands in that ticklish sphere," she emphasised.

The preceding ten years increased the number of Jewish regional and local ethnic cultural autonomies, and community and religious centres more than fourfold to a total exceeding 130. Yiddish and Hebrew radio companies, on-line clubs and periodicals are active.

Fifty regional organisations, an equal number of ethnic and religious communities, and thirty editorial offices have come together for daily monitoring of Russian anti-Semitism, xenophobia and persecution on religious grounds. Information is forwarded to the Kremlin staff, regional governors, republican presidents, the federal top prosecutor's office, and the Justice Ministry. Ella Pamfilova exemplified the programme as an efficient public effort.

Moscow recently opened Europe's biggest synagogue, complete with a Jewish cultural centre. It came as a breakthrough in Jewish community life, she said.

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