Countering Antisemitism and Extremism in France

Human Rights First just released “Breaking the Cycle of Violence: Countering Antisemitism and Extremism in France,” a major report on antisemitism and extremism in France. The release will happen exactly one year after the Charlie Hebdo and kosher supermarket attacks in Paris. It comes as antisemitism, the rise of the far right, and Islamic extremism are converging in a vicious cycle to fuel intolerance and violence in France. As November’s tragic terrorist attacks in Paris exemplify, indiscriminate and violent acts of extremism pose a threat to the people of France regardless of ethnicity, race or religious conviction. Human Rights First’s new report will focus on ways that U.S. government leaders can work with their French counterparts to prevent future attacks, as well as craft a path forward that upholds our shared commitment to human rights as an integral part of national security.

Welcome Address
Elisa Massimino, President, Human Rights First

Susan Corke, Director of Antisemitism and Extremism, Human Rights First and a co-author of the report

Steve Clemons, Washington editor for The Atlantic


  • Floriane Hohenberg, Director, International Tracing Service
    Contributing researcher and writer for Human Rights First, previously Head of the Tolerance and Non Discrimination Department at the OSCE
  • Tad Stahnke, Director, Initiative on Holocaust Denial and Antisemitism, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
    Speaking in his personal capacity as former Vice President of Research and Analysis at Human Rights First where he contributed to the research for this report
  • Ilan Scialom, Vice President, Coexister, a youth organization in France
    Interreligious movement of young people, believers and nonbelievers, who advocate for the promotion of tolerance and inclusion
  • Michael German, Fellow, Brennan Center for Justice’s Liberty and National Security Program
    Formerly Policy Counsel for National Security and Privacy for the ACLU Washington Legislative Office and a 16-year veteran of federal law enforcement


National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20045

This event is open to the public and the press. Refreshments will be provided.


Published on January 2, 2016


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