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President signs bill on monitoring anti-Semitism

Posted: Friday, October 22, 2004

WASHINGTON (AP) President Bush signed a bill originated by Rep. Tom Lantos, D-Calif. that mandates the State Department to create an Office to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism and survey the problem in annual reports.

Lantos' office said the State Department showed ''tremendous initial resistance'' and sent an unsigned July memo saying the proposal would ''diminish credibility'' and show ''imbalance'' in U.S. human rights policy.

The statement said Lantos and Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., worked to have stronger provisions from the House version incorporated into a parallel bill the Senate passed.

U.S. Jewish groups have expressed growing concern about attacks against Jews in Europe.

Lantos, a native of Hungary, is the only Holocaust survivor ever elected to Congress.



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