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Sunday, June 01, 2003

Ben Nighthorse Campbell urges Bush to make Countering Anti-Semitism a Priority

Contact: Camden Hubbard, (202) 224-5852
Tuesday, May 27, 2003
Press Release of Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In lead up to the Group of 8 (G-8) summit in France (June 1-3, 2003), Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-CO) urged President Bush in a letter to raise U.S. concerns with other G-8 leaders over the rise in anti-Semitism and related violence and to "seek a joint commitment to work closely together to counter this disturbing trend."

"The G-8 Summit is one of the international calendar's major events. Heads of state from the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the Russian Federation, with the European Union, meet to address political as well as economic issues facing societies represented and the wider international community. I urge President Bush to set anti-Semitism as an international priority at the summit because it is one of the largest and most appropriate forums for such a discussion," said Campbell.

In addition, Campbell authored a Congressional resolution to condemn anti-Semitism. The resolution was approved by the Senate May 22, ensuring that the U.S. is on record against the scourge of anti-Semitism.

"Europe experienced an alarming spike in anti-Semitic violence last summer, which goes to show that anti-Semitism can still happen in the industrialized Western world. The United States itself is not immune from sporadic acts of anti-Semitic vandalism and violence," said Campbell who serves as Co-Chairman of the Helsinki Commission. "It is important that the United States, the embodiment of democratic values, be willing to go on record and fight acts of violence against members of the Jewish community and their institutions," said Campbell.

Kol hakavod, Senator.