European Jewish Congress Head Awards Tolerance Honor To Balkan Leaders

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Two Balkan leaders received a prestigious tolerance award from the head of the European Jewish Congress this week.

Croatian President Ivo Josipovic and former Sebian President Boris Tadic were granted the European Medal of Tolerance Tuesday, for their work fostering peace following the civil war in their region.

Moshe Kantor, EJC head, was on hand to award the honor to the two men, in his capacity as cochairman of the European Council for Tolerance and Reconciliation.

“We need to unite our efforts to fight any manifestation of extreme nationalism, discrimination, xenophobia, anti-Semitism and racism throughout Europe,” said EU President Martin Schulz. “Still today, in parts of Europe, we see the demons of the past raise their ugly heads. This is warning to all of us. As Edmund Burke said ‘All that’s necessary for the forces of evil to win in the world is for enough good men to do nothing.’”

Kantor praised the efforts in Eastern Europe, but cautioned that the rise of far-right, nationalist parties must still be monitored.

“The EU vision and dream, is at a crossroads,” he said.