Israel, EU to hold Holocaust conference in 2008

Minister Herzog initiates conference to discuss recent findings on Holocaust, find ways to educate European youths on subject. ‘Anti-Semitism and Islamic extremism in Europe are cause for concern,’ he says

Ronny Sofer
Published: 10.18.07, 20:36 / Israel News

Israel and the European Union will hold a joint Holocaust conference at the beginning of 2008, according to an agreement reached Thursday between Welfare Minister Isaac Herzog and EU Justice Commissioner Franco Frattini.

Herzog is currently in Brussels, where he is meeting with members of the European Parliament and senior EU officials. Frattini, who is also in charge of the fight against anti-Semitism in Europe, informed Herzog of a recent rise in anti-Semitic incidents in Europe, some due to Islamic extremism.

According to Frattini, the EU has waged a major campaign against the Holocaust denial phenomenon as part of the ongoing confrontation with Iran.

Frattini said he was advancing legislation against Holocaust deniers, according to which denying the Holocaust would be a criminal act.