EU Body Shelves Report on Anti-Semitism

(Financial Times-UK) The European Union's racism watchdog has shelved a report on anti-Semitism because the study concluded Muslims and pro-Palestinian groups were behind many of the incidents it examined. The Vienna-based European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia (EUMC) decided in February not to publish the 112-page study, after clashing with its authors over their conclusions. Following a spate of anti-Semitic incidents in early 2002, the EUMC commissioned a report from the Centre for Research on Anti-Semitism at Berlin's Technical University. However, the centre's senior staff and management board objected to the researchers' definition of anti-Semitism, which included some anti-Israel acts. The focus on Muslim and pro-Palestinian perpetrators, meanwhile, was judged inflammatory. "Merely saying the perpetrators are French, Belgian or Dutch does no justice to the full picture," said one person familiar with the report.

2003-11-24 00:00:00

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