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Mark Weitzman is the Director of the Task Force against Hate and Terrorism and the Associate Director of Education for the Simon Wiesenthal Center, the chief representative of the Center to the United Nations in New York, and was also the Founding Director of the SWC’s New York Tolerance Center. Mr. Weitzman is a member of the official US delegation to the Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research and a board member and former Vice-President of the Association of Holocaust Organizations. He is also a member of the advisory panel of Experts on Freedom of Religion or Belief of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), as well as a member of the official Jewish-Catholic Dialogue Group of New York. Mr. Weitzman is a member of the advisory boards of the Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy at Yale University and the Aegis Trust (an international genocide prevention initiative based in London).
 
In June of 1999 Mr. Weitzman was honored with the Distinguished Service Award by the Center of Hate and Extremism at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.

As a recognized expert in the fields of extremism and cyberhate he has lectured and worked with various groups ranging from Congress, the U.N., the EU (European Union) and the U.S. Embassy in Berlin to the U.S. Army and the FBI. In 2004 he was one of the featured speakers at the UN’s first ever conference on antisemitism, and in June 2005 he spoke at the OSCE conference on antisemitism and other forms of intolerance which was held in Cordoba, Spain. Mr. Weitzman chaired the Working Group on Internet and Media Issues at the Global Forum on Antisemitism that was convened by the Israeli government in February 2007.

He was on the board of advisors for the companion guide for the film Shoah (1987) and for Historical Case Studies: The Holocaust (1996). His publications include editing and contributing to Kristallnacht: A Resource Book and Program Guide (1988), Dignity and Defiance: Confronting Life and Death in the Warsaw Ghetto (1993) and The New Lexicon of Hate (3rd edition, 2004) as well as the annual CD, Digital Hate and Terrorism (2000-2007). He has published numerous scholarly articles in the fields of Holocaust studies, antisemitism and extremism, most recently as a contributor to the Encyclopedia of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity (Macmillan), and to the volume Globalisierter Rechtsextremismus?: Die extremische Rechte in der Ara der Globalisierung (Globalized Right-wing Extremism: Right-wing Extremism in an Era of Globalization) which was published in Germany in Jan., 2006). His book (co-authored with Steven L. Jacobs) Dismantling the Big Lie: The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, which is the first full refutation of the infamous Protocols, was published in the fall of 2003, has been translated into Arabic, and is in the process of being translated into Turkish. Mr. Weitzman is the co-editor and contributed to the memorial volume in honor of Simon Wiesenthal, entitled Antisemitism, the Generic Hatred: Essays in Memory of Simon Wiesenthal that was published in June, 2007.




biography
Released by the Office of Policy Planning
September 21, 2006

Jared Cohen joined the Policy Planning Staff in September 2006. He is responsible for public diplomacy, Muslim world outreach, and North Africa. Prior to joining the Policy Planning Staff, Jared received his B.A. from Stanford University and his M.Phil in International Relations from Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. While at Oxford, he spent substantial amounts of time in Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon where he looked at youth in the Islamic world and how they view themselves and their changing role in the world after 9/11. He has also traveled extensively throughout Africa looking at issues related to conflict resolution, genocide, and democracy. Jared is author of the book One Hundred Days of Silence: America and the Rwanda Genocide (Rowman & Littlefield) and the forthcoming book Children of Jihad: Journeys Into the Hearts and Minds of Middle Eastern Youth (Penguin Books/Gotham Division). Additional publications include "The Passive Revolution: Is Political Resistance Dead or Alive in Iran" (Hoover Digest, 2005) and "Iran’s Young Opposition" (SAIS Review, 2006).