OSCE advisers are mostly Jewish

Most of the advisers to the U.S. delegation to a European conference on tolerance represent Jewish groups. Six out of nine advisers traveling with the official delegation to Bucharest this week
for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Conference
on Combating Discrimination and Promoting Mutual Respect and
Understanding.The delegation, which was named last Friday by the State Department, is headed by Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.).Its members include Rabbi Andrew Baker, the director of international affairs for the American Jewish Committee; Stacy Burdett, the Anti-Defamation League’s associate director of government and national affairs; Daniel Mariaschin, the executive vice-president of B’nai B’rith International; Mark Weitzman of the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Task Force against Hate and Terrorism; Lesley Weiss, the director of community services for NCSJ: Advocates on Behalf of Jews in Russia, Ukraine, the Baltic States and Eurasia; and Radu Ionid, an expert on the Holocaust in Romania at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. Additionally, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, the Institute of Religion and Public Policy and the Becket Fund for Religious Freedom are sending delegates. This year’s OSCE conference follows up on its 2005 Conference on Anti-Semitism and Other Forms of Intolerance.

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