Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Associate Dean, The Simon Wiesenthal Center

15:00-16:00 Monday, January 16, 2023
(The speech and Q & A will be in English.)

Is religious intolerance on the rise around the world? Accessing the seemingly endless list of Uyghurs in China, Christians in Eritrea, Muslim minority members in Iran -- all victims of religious hatred – described in detail on the website of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, the answer is a sadly resounding yes. Although the Wiesenthal Center is associated with campaigns against antisemitism, its vice-president, Rabbi Abraham Cooper is concurrently vice-chair of the U.S. Commission on Religious Freedom. During his talk at the FCCJ, he will provide an update on the Commission's work to address religious rights abuses in China and human rights violations in North Korea. Separately, Rabbi Cooper will comment on the tragedy of Japanese nationals kidnapped by North Korean agents. Rabbi Cooper will also share the latest results of the Wiesenthal Center's annual study on social media activities of hate groups and terror organizations, including findings of anti-Japanese social media postings from Asia and will discuss the current rise in hate crimes against African Americans, Jews and the LGBT community in recent years.

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