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Hon. Alcee L. Hastings, Chairman
Hon. Benjamin L. Cardin, Co-Chairman
For Immediate Release
January 31, 2008


(Washington, D.C.) Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL), Chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (the Helsinki Commission) and Co-Chairman Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), will hold a hearing on Thursday, February 7 at 2:30 p.m. in room 406 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building. The hearing is the second in a two-part series that will review U.S. government and civil society efforts to combat anti-Semitism in North America and Europe. In particular, the hearing will examine lessons learned and a way forward in monitoring and combating anti-Semitism with a focus on Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) initiatives. The hearing will be webcast from the Helsinki Commission website at

On January 29, the Helsinki Commission held the first hearing in this series entitled, “Taking Stock: Combating Anti-Semitism in the OSCE Region.” The transcript and testimonies from this hearing can be found on the Commission’s website.

Testifying before the Helsinki Commission will be:

Dr. Gregg Rickman, U.S. Department of State, Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism
Ms. Felice D. Gaer, Commissioner, US Commission on International Religious Freedom
Rabbi Andrew Baker, Director of International Jewish Affairs, American Jewish Committee
Rabbi Marvin Hier, Dean and Founder, Simon Wiesenthal Center
Mr. Mark Levin, Executive Director, National Conference on Soviet Jewry
Ms. Stacy Burdett, Associate Director, Government and National Affairs, Anti-Defamation League

WHAT: Helsinki Commission to Hold Hearing Examining U.S. and Civil Society Efforts to Combat Anti-Semitism
WHEN: Thursday, February 7 at 2:30 p.m.
WHERE: 406 Dirksen Senate Office Building

The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, also known as the Helsinki Commission, is a U.S. Government agency that monitors progress in the implementation of the provisions of the 1975 Helsinki Accords. The Commission consists of nine members from the United States Senate, nine from the House of Representatives, and one member each from the Departments of State, Defense and Commerce.
Media Contact: Lale Mamaux
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