Netanyahu: Anti-Semitism 'Fashionable' Today

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JERUSALEM, Israel -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered a strong videotaped address at Tuesday's opening session of the Fourth International Conference of the Global Forum for Combating Anti-Semitism in Jerusalem.

Netanyahu said today's anti-Israel rhetoric is nothing more than anti-Semitism repackaged against the Jewish state.

Today, he noted, it's become "fashionable" to say "I don't hate Jews, I just don't think they should have a state."

The three-day conference brought more than 500 delegates from some 50 nations to Jerusalem to come up with concrete plans to combat the global increase in anti-Semitism.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry for Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs cosponsored the conference. 

A highlight of this year's conference is 10 working groups that will each produce "concrete action plans" to be consolidated into one document. Group topics include anti-Semitism in the Muslim and Arab World, Latin America, the Former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, European Union and Western Europe.

Other groups will discuss de-legitimization and anti-Zionism; the Internet and media; law, legislation and enforcement in combating anti-Semitism; interfaith dialogue as an Instrument to mitigate anti-Semitism, and campus and education for tolerance and mutual respect.

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