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Posts Tagged ‘Antisemitism’

EU presidency issues official declaration affirming commitment to fighting antisemitism

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 20 giugno 2019

BUCHAREST, (Romania) The Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union issued an official declaration on Tuesday affirming its commitment to contributing and supporting international initiatives directed at tackling the challenges facing Jewish communities, concluding the first International Meeting of Special Envoys and Coordinators on Combating Antisemitism, organized as a cooperative effort of the World Jewish Congress, Romanian Prime Minister and EU Council President Viorica Dăncilă, and the Federation of Jewish Communities of Romania.The unprecedented two-day meeting brought together the national directors of more than 50 Jewish communities around the world with more than 30 government representatives tasked specifically with combating antisemitism, in order to identify the key issues and deliberate best practices going forward, under the banner “Perspective to a Future Strategy to Prevent and Fight Antisemitism, Racism, Xenophobia, Radicalization and Hate Speech.” The EU presidency’s declaration affirmed that “the conclusion of the meeting indicates that significant challenges remain to be tackled, and extra measures should be envisaged,” in certain areas, with four identified in particular: 1) Improving dialogue and cooperation to ensure the security of Jewish communities; 2) promoting the endorsement of the non-legally binding working definition of antisemitism adopted by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance; 3) financing Holocaust research, education, and remembrance; and 4) improving the recording and collecting of hate crime data, including specialized training programs for law enforcement and criminal justice authorities and providing support to organizations actively involved with collection of data regarding hate crimes.

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WJC calls Labour’s decision to adopt IHRA definition of antisemitism step in right direction

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 8 settembre 2018

NEW YORK – The World Jewish Congress views the UK Labour Party’s decision to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of antisemitism in full as “a step in the right direction,” and echoes the British Jewish community’s calls to follow up with appropriate action to root out incidences of racism from top to bottom, WJC CEO and Executive Vice President Robert Singer said Tuesday.“The adoption of the IHRA definition of antisemitism by the National Executive Committee of the Labour Party in the UK is a step in the right direction but will not, in itself, be enough to deal with the damaging cases of antisemitism which have struck at the heart of its relationship with the UK Jewish community,” Singer said.
“Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn must now do everything in his power to ensure that all such cases are dealt with as a matter of priority. At a time of heightened populism and extremism in Europe and beyond, we have been disheartened to see a lack of leadership from a once well-respected party on this issue. We hope action will be forthcoming,” Singer said.“The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of antisemitism, including each of its 11 integral examples, is a crucial code of conduct, which, if adopted universally, can truly guide governments and individual entities in the fight against racism and discrimination,” Singer added. “Under the leadership of our president, Ronald S. Lauder, the WJC has made it a priority to fight antisemitism on all levels, and we deeply hope that other organizations and bodies will follow suit.”The World Jewish Congress has stood beside its affiliate, the Board of Deputies of British Jews, in urging Labour to adopt the definition in full, and has advocated for years to all members of IHRA to do the same. As part of the WJC’s commitment to fighting antisemitism, it recently named Jewish leader Julius Meinl as Commissioner for Combating Antisemitism.
In an op-ed in the New Statesman on August 23, Singer wrote: “For us it is clear, however, that adoption [of the IHRA definition] itself is not enough; following adoption, national parliaments need to recognize the importance of applying the definition systematically, to yield as an effective tool for law enforcement. Adopt; encode; and enforce. Only then, can antisemitism be confronted appropriately and comprehensively.” Board of Deputies of British Jews President Marie van der Zyl on Tuesday also released the following statement: “The decision by the National Executive Committee to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance working definition of Antisemitism in full with all of its illustrative examples had to be the right call. It is very long overdue and regrettable that Labour has wasted a whole summer trying to dictate to Jews what constitutes offence against us. However the adoption of the internationally-recognised definition by itself, can only be the beginning. Action is what matters.”

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More than just remembrance is needed to tackle persistent antisemitism

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 27 gennaio 2015

olocaustoInternational Holocaust Remembrance Day, on 27 January, is a chance to honour the memory of the victims of the Holocaust and to remind us of the persistent problem of antisemitism. This year FRA will join senior politicians, diplomats, global figures and experts from around the world to discuss how to deal more effectively with antisemitism, racism and xenophobia in Europe as they mark 70 years to the day on which the concentration camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau was liberated.“Recent tragic events across Europe are poignant reminders of the pressing need to counter antisemitism that continues to haunt Europe today. We need to more than just remember the Holocaust to honour the countless victims that were brutally slain under the Nazi regime,” said FRA Director Morten Kjaerum. “We must stamp out all forms of antisemitism; from the blatant acts of vandalism of Jewish sites to the quiet acceptance of stereotypes and subtle forms of hate speech online and off. We must address anti-Jewish prejudice at every level of society and we should condemn antisemitism wherever we meet it, if we are to counter the fear that Jews continue to feel in Europe today.”FRA’s 2013 report on the first-ever comparable figures on Jewish people’s experiences of antisemitic harassment, discrimination and hate crime in the EU revealed how 66% of respondents consider antisemitism to be a major problem in their countries. 76% said the situation had become more acute over the last five years, underlining the need for urgent action by EU and its Member States to find effective ways of combating this pervasive and persistent problem.
On 27 January, FRA will launch its online training toolkit ‘Fundamental Rights and Holocaust Remembrance’ accompanied by a training workshop for European Commission officials in Brussels. The workshop objective is to reflect on remembrance and how EU officials should address contemporary fundamental rights challenges in their daily work. Participants will be led through a series of interactive working groups where they can discuss with trainers the responsibilities of civil servants. The seminar was co-developed between FRA and the Wannsee-Memorial and is the latest in a series of Holocaust and human rights education activities that have been developed by FRA.

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Results of FRA’s antisemitism and hate crime

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 4 novembre 2013

Wien/Vienna, Austria 8 November 2013, 10.30am FRA, Schwarzenbergplatz 11, 1040 The EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) invites you to a press briefing on the results of its online survey into the experiences and perceptions of hate crime, discrimination and antisemitism by Jewish people in the EU. The results will be presented on the eve of the anniversary of the anti-Jewish pogroms that took place 75 years ago.
The findings show that three-quarters of the nearly 6,000 respondents feel that antisemitism has worsened in the past five years, particularly in relation to antisemitic comments and hate speech online. Other issues covered include antisemitic violence and discrimination.The report covers the Member States in which around 90% of the estimated Jewish population in the EU live. These are Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Sweden, and the UK. The findings will be complemented by FRA’s annual “Antisemitism Overview”, which brings together statistical data on antisemitic incidents collected by governmental and non-governmental sources.Questions that will be answered during the briefing include:
How common is hate crime towards Jews?
In what situations do Jewish people experience antisemitism most frequently?
To what extent do Jewish people suffer discrimination in everyday life?
How safe do Jewish people feel in public?

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World Jewish Congress Plenary Assembly in Budapest

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 10 maggio 2013

BUDAPEST – The 14th Plenary Assembly of the World Jewish Congress ended on Tuesday with a commemoration of the victims of the Holocaust in Hungary and the presentation of the Nahum Goldmann Award to former Hungarian Prime Minister Miklós Németh. In 1989, Németh was instrumental in opening the Iron Curtain and in helping to secure the emigration of Jews from the Soviet Union. WJC President Ronald S. Lauder told the 500 delegates and guests representing Jewish communities and organizations in more than 70 countries world-wide that “in the 77 years of the World Jewish Congress there have been few gatherings as important as this one.” Lauder was re-elected as WJC head for another four-year term. He has held the position since 2007.“I see this as the top assignment for the Jewish people and I am excited to serve as President of the World Jewish Congress for another four years,” said Lauder.Delegates also elected David de Rothschild from France as the new chairman of the WJC Governing Board and Chella Safra from Brazil as new WJC treasurer. Moshe Kantor, the president of the European Jewish Congress, was elected as chairman of the WJC Policy Council and Mervyn Smith from South Africa as his co-chairman. The assembly also elected 10 WJC vice-presidents ad personam and decided that the heads of the 12 largest Jewish communities in the world (United States, France, Britain, Russia, Canada, Argentina, Germany, Hungary, Ukraine, Australia, Brazil and South Africa) will automatically have a seat on the new WJC Executive. In addition, three young adult representatives, three delegates from international Jewish organizations (ICJW, WIZO and World ORT) and three representatives of small Jewish communities (Czech Republic, Kyrgyzstan, Venezuela) will have a vice-president on the WJC Executive. In addition, the chairs of the five regional WJC affiliates (Euro-Asia, Europe, North America, Israel, Latin America) are ex-officio members of the WJC leadership.The gathering was notably addressed by Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orbán, who said that “Anti-Semitism today in Hungary is unacceptable and we will show zero tolerance in regards to it.” Introducing Orbán, Ronald Lauder called on Hungary and the government to do more against growing anti-Semitism, notably coming from the extreme-right Jobbik partyMazsihisz President Péter Feldmájer said in his speech at the opening dinner: “I believe that the Jews of the world must unite their forces. This day also shows us that we are not alone, we are all listening to each other no matter where we may be living across the globe. The task we have is no little one to handle.”Germany’s Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said in his keynote address on Monday, which was received with a standing ovation by the delegates: “Anti-Semitism has no place neither in Berlin, nor in Budapest, nor anywhere else in Europe or in the world… We are firmly committed to protecting and nourishing Jewish life in our societies and to countering anti-Semitism across the globe. We have to tackle the root causes of anti-Semitism.”Discussions about effective ways to combat the rise of neo-Nazi parties in Europe took center-stage in Budapest, and the Plenary Assembly adopted a resolution which called on Hungary “to recognize that Jobbik and its subsidiaries “pose a fundamental threat to Hungary’s democracy” and that “decisive action … must now be taken to take effective measures including by enacting and enforcing legislation, for the protection of all citizens and residents of this country, in particular vulnerable minorities such as the Roma and the Jews, against threats of violence, racist hate and insults and the denial of the Holocaust.”The WJC also urged national leaders and legislators in Europe to join the 125 legislators from more than 40 countries in signing the London Declaration on Combating Anti-Semitism.In another resolution, the delegates urged the international community to recognize the legitimate rights of Jewish refugees in the Middle East who were forced to flee their countries after 1948.
The World Jewish Congress (WJC) is the international organization representing Jewish communities in 100 countries to governments, parliaments and international organizations. The Plenary Assembly is the highest decision-making body of the organization. It meets every four years and elects the WJC officers. All affiliated Jewish communities are entitled to send a certain number of delegates, depending on the size of their Jewish population.

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Rise of extremist parties and media freedom

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 14 dicembre 2012

MEPs are concerned about the rise of political parties which are openly racist, xenophobic, Islamophobic and anti-Semitic, owing to the economic and social crisis. They therefore call on EU countries to prosecute all forms of violence and hatred against any minority groups,including hate speech. Finally, they deplore the deterioration of media freedom and pluralism in the EU and condemn the obstacles that some journalists face when covering demonstrations.

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To define strategies to counter rise in anti-semitism in Europe

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 14 maggio 2012

The Palazzo Montecitorio which hosts the Itali...

The Palazzo Montecitorio which hosts the Italian Chamber of Deputies in Rome (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Rome May 14th at 15:00 at the Press Room of the Italian Chamber of Deputies via della Missione 4, The ICJP delegates present in Rome will meet the press to present the initiatives To define strategies to counter rise in anti-semitism in Europe. WJC President Ronald S. Lauder, and Secretary General, Dan Diker, together with the ICJP delegates from several European countries (Belgium, France, Hungary, Serbia, Sweden) and from Israel, will hold a working session at the Italian Parliament in Rome that will define common goals and strategies to face the alarm of the overall rise in anti-Semitism and extremism in Europe. Additionally, the delegation will meet with Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti, Speaker of the Italian Chamber of Deputies Gianfranco Fini and Italian Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi di Sant’Agata, to discuss the core issues on the agenda of Jewish parliamentarians in Europe and around the world.
Statement by Hon. Fiamma Nirenstein, Chairperson of the International Council of Jewish Parliamentarians and Vice-president of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the Italian Chamber of Deputies “In these days of unrest, while Europe is overwrought with socio-economic woes and its Jewish population is falling victim to the rapid rise of anti-Semitism and brutal violence, the International Council of Jewish Parliamentarians (ICJP) and the World Jewish Congress (WJC) are gathering in Rome for a conference to discuss the influence of the Arab Spring and Iran on Europe and the West (see attached program).
On the evening of May 14th, WJC President Lauder and I, as ICJP Chairperson, will present the first “Friendship Award” to Pierluigi Battista, leading columnist of Il Corriere della Sera daily, for his commitment to the fight against anti-Semitism and the de-legitimization of the State of Israel. The ceremony will be hosted by Italian Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi di Sant’Agata at historical Villa Madama, in the presence of Israel’s Ambassador to Italy Naor Gilon, Italian members of parliament and dignitaries.

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World Jewish Congress

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 25 gennaio 2012

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New York pressed outrage at the conviction of Italian journalist and politician Giuseppe (“Peppino”) Caldarola who had written an article criticizing a cartoon entitled ‘Fiamma Frankenstein’ that depicts fellow parliamentarian Fiamma Nirenstein, who is Jewish, with a hooked nose, the symbol of fascist Italy and the Star of David. Vauro, the author of the caricature which was published by the newspaper Il Manifesto, was acquitted by the same court of charges of anti-Semitism. Lauder called the ruling “a travesty and an insult.” “While the man who defends a Jewish woman is fined, the author of this blatantly anti-Semitic cartoon is acquitted and gets a free ride from the court to continue injecting venom into the political debate in Italy,” the WJC president declared in reaction. ”Nirenstein is an excellent lawmaker who does not shy away from doing political battle. Although one is entitled to disagree with her views, nobody is entitled to hold against her the fact that she is Jewish and dedicated to the wellbeing of Israel. Anti-Semitic or racist caricatures have nothing to do with satire, far from it; they are simply despicable.” Lauder called it “very worrying” that the judge had upheld the right to insult a Jew through by using age-old anti-Semitic imagery but denied the right of a journalist to accuse the cartoonist of being an anti-Semite.

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