German anti-Semitism panel has first meeting

September 9, 2009

BERLIN (JTA) — Germany’s newly convened panel of experts on anti-Semitism met for the first time.

At Wednesday’s meeting, panel members received a packet of background documents that included federal and police statistics on anti-Semitic crimes and descriptions of current programs, as well as a working definition of anti-Semitism that has been adopted at the European Union level.

The independent and unpaid panel of 10 scholars and educators will analyze the gamut of anti-Semitism in Germany and make practical recommendations on how to combat the problem. It was assembled in August by order of the German Bundestag, with backing from the Federal Ministry of the Interior.

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