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Preventing Acts of Anti-Semitic Terrorism in Europe

Smith hearing on April 19 to address Post-Brussels attack threats

Contact: Jeff Sagnip, 202-225-3765; chrissmith.house.gov 

WASHINGTON, April 15, 2016 /Christian Newswire/ -- In the wake of the recent terrorist bombings in Brussels and threats of violence to European Jewish communities from ISIS, what needs to be done by law enforcement agencies to anticipate and prevent future attacks will be the focus of a congressional hearing planned for Tuesday, April 19 by U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (NJ-04), Chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE).

"Anticipating and Preventing Deadly Attacks on European Jewish Communities," is the title of a hearing to be held by the CSCE, also known as the Helsinki Commission, on Tuesday, April 19 at 1 p/.m. on Capitol Hill.

Violent anti-Semitic attacks doubled in some European countries between 2013 and 2014–in some others they quadrupled–and remained high in 2015. ISIS has instructed its followers to prioritize targeting European Jewish sites and killing European Jewish people. The terrorists who attacked the Jewish Museum of Belgium, Great Synagogue in Copenhagen, and kosher supermarket in Paris, all claimed ISIS allegiance. Other Islamist terrorist groups are similarly committed and Neo-Nazis, fringe nationalists, and people across the religious and ideological spectrum have committed violence against European Jewish communities.

The hearing will also focus on lessons from the partnerships between Jewish communities and law enforcement agencies that can help counter terrorism and improve security in European countries more broadly.

Who:  Members of the commission, and witnesses:

  • Rabbi Andrew Baker: Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office on Combating Anti-Semitism, and Director of International Jewish Affairs, American Jewish Committee
  • Jonathan Biermann: Executive Director, crisis cell for the Belgian Jewish community
  • John Farmer: Director, Faith-Based Communities Security Program, Rutgers University
  • Paul Goldenberg: National Director, Secure Community Network

When:  Tuesday, April 19 at 1 p.m.

Where:  Cannon Office Building, Room 210 (first floor)

Updates to this advisory can be found at: