Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
234 Ford House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515-6460
Hon. Christopher H. Smith, Chairman
Hon. Benjamin L. Cardin, Co-Chairman
Media Contact: Shelly Han
December 2, 2011


“Combating Anti-Semitism in the OSCE Region:
Taking Stock of the Situation Today”

Friday, December 2, 2011
10:00 am to 12:00 noon
Room 2203 Rayburn House Office Building

Please join the U.S. Helsinki Commission for a hearing on efforts to combat global anti-Semitism. The hearing will review U.S. Government and civil society efforts to combat anti-Semitism with a focus on initiatives designed to target violent and other manifestations of anti-Semitism in the fifty-six North American and European countries that comprise the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). Lessons learned and the way forward in monitoring and combating anti-Semitism will be discussed.

Witnesses Scheduled to Testify:

Hannah Rosenthal, U.S. Department of State Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism
Rabbi Andrew Baker, Personal Representative of the OSCE Chair-in Office on Combating Anti-Semitism, AJC Director of International Jewish Affairs 
Stacy Burdett, Director, Government and National Affairs, Anti-Defamation League                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
Eric Fusfield, Director, Legislative Affairs, B’nai B’rith International                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Mark Levin, Executive Director, National Conference on Soviet Jewry
Shimon Samuels, Director of International Relations, Simon Wiesenthal Center


The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, also known as the U.S. Helsinki Commission, is an independent agency of the Federal Government charged with monitoring compliance with the Helsinki Accords and advancing comprehensive security through promotion of human rights, democracy, and economic, environmental and military cooperation in 56 countries. The Commission consists of nine members from the U.S. Senate, nine from the House of Representatives, and one member each from the Departments of State, Defense, and Commerce.