For the first time in eleven years, the MFA is hosting the OSCE Mediterranean Seminar in Tel Aviv, which will focus on combating intolerance 

(Communicated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesman)

The 13th Mediterranean Seminar of the OSCE will be held in Tel Aviv on 18-19 December, 2007

For the first time in 11 years, representatives of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe and Mediterranean partner states will participate in a seminar held in Tel Aviv to discuss combating intolerance.

The seminar will focus on the role of NGOs in combating intolerance and discrimination, and in promoting mutual respect and understanding.

Issues to be discusses in the seminar, which will be hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, include: OSCE commitment regarding tolerance, the implementation of OSCE tolerance-related commitments, promotion of respect for cultural and religious diversity and facilitating dialogue, countering discrimination against women, migrants and other groups and the role of women and educators in combating intolerance.

The OSCE Mediterranean partner states are Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia.

Non-governmental organizations of Mediterranean partner states are participating in a civil society preparatory meeting being held today (Monday 17th December) regarding the role of NGOs in combating discrimination and promoting mutual respect and understanding, with special focus on the role of women.