SWC : US and EU Support for Arab NGOs should be Linked to Reversing Pervasive Anti-Jewish Hate

February 15, 2011

The Simon Wiesenthal Center urged the US and European Union to make the reversal of anti-Jewish hate as a requirement for financial aid and diplomatic support of advocacy groups in Egypt, Tunisia and elsewhere in the Muslim world.

“The Simon Wiesenthal Center welcomes the non-violent revolution by those advocating democracy and freedom and we agree with President Obama that America should support democracy-building institutions,” said Rabbis Marvin Hier and Abraham Cooper, founder and dean and associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

“However, if the forces of moderation and tolerance are to prevail, steps must be taken to deal with the overwhelming popular embrace of anti-Jewish stereotypes that, according to the PEW Poll, reaches 95 percent of the Egyptian population. American taxpayers’ future support for NGOs must be linked to a world view that protects religious minorities and mutual respect. The future of the region will be guaranteed not only by free and open elections but by the embrace of tolerance and mutual respect for all.

The Wiesenthal Center and its educational arm, the renowned Museum of Tolerance, stand ready to cooperate with leaders of Civil Society to deconstruct and reverse the pervasive anti-Jewish hatred.”

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