MINELRES: UNITED Media Release - International Day Against Fascism and Antisemitism

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UNITED E-NEWS 07/11/2007 Media Release - International Day Against
Fascism and Antisemitism

UNITED REMEMBERS THE NIGHT OF BROKEN CRYSTALS - 9 November 2007
COMMEMORATION IN 35 EUROPEAN COUNTRIES

The largest pan-European network against intolerance commemorates the
night of Broken Crystals to keep the memory of the Holocaust alive and
speak up about the danger of hatred in the European present days, where
according to several reports, new and old forms of Antisemitism and
related intolerance are growing.

The 9th of November 1938 marked the first step of the extermination of
European Jewish citizens. More than 2500 deaths are attributable to this
pogrom. Hundreds of Jewish citizens were beaten to death and 30 000 were
deported to concentration camps.

Right-wing extremism is an increasing force in the entire continent,
hate crimes against vulnerable people are turning into a permanent and
invisible Night of Broken Crystals. Official and unofficial reports show
that the number of hate crimes has been growing enormously during the
last years. According to the European Crime and Safety Survey of the
Fundamental Rights Agency, 9 million people have experienced some form
of hate crimes in 18 European countries in 2004. Extreme right political
parties gain influence and are elected into democratic institutions.

According to reports of the Anti-Defamation League, a large number of
Europeans express anti-Jewish attitudes and refer to the classical
conspiracy theories that Jewish had to endure through the centuries. It
seems that lessons of the past are not painful enough to avoid
intolerance in the present.

Activists from all around Europe, from Russia to Spain and from Italy to
Finland, will prepare hundred of activities to warn about the danger of
repeating the darkest hours of European history.

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Additional Information:
UNITED for Intercultural Action is a network of 560 organisations all
over Europe working against racism and fascism. Activities at the local
level in the framework of the campaign around 9 November are carried out
by organisations from more than 35 countries. The campaign is
coordinated and stimulated by the UNITED International Secretariat in
Amsterdam.

A full list of activities is available under
http://www.unitedagainstracism.org/pages/act07n9.htm.
We will be happy to supply you with contact information of organisations
in your country/city/workingfield that are involved in this year's
campaign.

Please contact the UNITED secretariat for further information:
http://www.unitedagainstracism.org/pages/info07n9.htm
phone: 0031 20 683 47 78

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We depend on YOUR help in 2007!

UNITED is not rich and has no stable income!
Though far most of the work at the UNITED secretariat is done voluntary
- still money is needed to keep the network functioning in 2007 and to
secure the cooperation and information flow throughout Europe.

Your donation is most welcome:
- in cash to UNITED Postbus 413 NL-1000 AK Amsterdam
- by bank (preferable) to:
UNITED, Postbus 413 NL-1000 AK Amsterdam
Account: IBAN NL77PSTB0002343715, BIC: PSTB NL2A - Bank: Postbank,
Postbus 1800, NL-1000 BV Amsterdam
(From NL: postbank 2343715)

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