The subject of anti-Semitism will be front and centre next week in Ottawa as representatives from close to 50 countries will meet to explore data and exchange practices on the topic.

The Inter-Parliamentary Coalition for Combating Anti-Semitism (ICCA) will hold its second annual conference Sunday through Tuesday on Parliament Hill.

“Anti-Semitism is the oldest and more enduring of hatreds — ‘a lethal obsession’ as it has been called — which has caused untold catastrophes,” said MP Irwin Cotler, co-founder and chair of the ICCA. “We ignore antiSemitism at our peril.

“I’m very excited about the parliamentary and experts forum that will talk about anti-Semitism, hatred and racism,” added Cotler. “The representatives from Africa and South Africa should be very interesting to listen to.”

Over three days, delegates will share ideas and attempt to learn about the most effective ways to combat the prejudicial behaviour.