President Moshe Katsav today (Wednesday), 31 March 2004, commented on the European Union report on the significant increase in anti-Semitic incidents in Europe and said that the State of Israel and the Jewish People have been worried and disturbed for some time about the upsurge in anti-Semitism in European countries; the issue is brought up in all diplomatic meetings between Israeli and European leaders.

President Katsav emphasizes that anti-Semitism constitutes a danger to democracies throughout the world and contravenes universal human values. “In every country in which synagogues are torched, it will not be long before the parliament is stoned and democracy is in danger.  Any attempt to link the upsurge in anti-Semitic acts to the conflict in our region, in effect, constitutes support for terrorism,” the President said.

Next month, President Katsav will travel to Berlin in order to attend a special conference – in a joint initiative with German President Johannes Rau, with the participation of OSCE heads of state – on ways to combat anti-Semitism.