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Dr. Moshe Kantor addresses 48 world leaders gathered in Jerusalem for Fifth World Holocaust Forum

The President of the World Holocaust Forum Foundation and the European Jewish Congress, Dr. Moshe Kantor addressed 48 world leaders at the Fifth World Holocaust Forum. The historic event, titled “Remembering the Holocaust, Fighting Antisemitism,” was organised by the World Holocaust Forum Foundation in cooperation with Yad Vashem, under the auspices of the President of the State of Israel.

World leaders descend on Israel for World Holocaust Forum

48 world leaders arrived in Israel to attend the Fifth World Holocaust Forum, marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.

EJC welcomes decision by Swedish PM to adopt international definition of antisemitism

The European Jewish Congress welcomes the decision by Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven to endorse the working definition of antisemitism of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA).

Ahead of the Fifth World Holocaust Forum, The First Ever Global Social Media Campaign to combat antisemitism is Launched, Titled: ‘Stop this Story!’

For the first time ever, a social media campaign was launched by European Jewish Congress President Dr. Moshe Kantor with the aim of generating awareness about the problem of antisemitism.

EJC condemns attacks by Finnish MP against the Jewish community of Helsinki

The European Jewish Congress stands in solidarity with our affiliate, the Central Council of Jewish Communities of Finland following the appalling remarks by MP Anna Kontula against the Jewish Community of Helsinki.

EJC President says the rise in antisemitic attacks in the U.S. shows it is now a global pandemic

EJC President Dr. Moshe Kantor said after the stabbing spree in a synagogue in Monsey, New York, that the wave of antisemitic attacks in the U.S. are eerily familiar.

Events & Meetings

Speech by Dr. Moshe Kantor at the World Holocaust Forum

Speech by Dr. Moshe Kantor, President of the World Holocaust Forum Foundation and the European Jewish Congress, delivered at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem on January 23, 2020.

“Antisemitism has infected all levels of society” Dr. Moshe Kantor, EJC and WHF President said

“We need the silent majority to stand up and stop antisemitism, not only for the Jews, but for their own society’s moral and physical wellbeing.” said Dr. Kantor at a keynote speech at the Yedioth Ahronoth “People of the Nation” Conference.

EJC attends Second Working Group Meeting on the Implementation of the Council Declaration on the fight against antisemitism

Raya Kalenova, EJC Executive Vice-President and CEO, and Ariella Woitchik, EJC Director of European Affairs attended the second meeting of the EC working group on the implementation of the Council Declaration on the fight against antisemitism.

News from Communities

Germany returns artwork stolen by Nazis to French Jewish family

The German government handed three works of art stolen during the Nazi occupation of France back to descendants of their original owner, collector and Jewish lawyer Armand Dorville.

Survey: More than a third of French Jews feel threatened

More than a third of French Jews feel regularly threatened, according to a new poll.

UK adds entire Hezbollah movement to terror blacklist and freezes its assets

Britain’s finance ministry said it had added Lebanon’s entire Hezbollah movement to its list of terrorist groups subject to asset freezing.

Jewish graves vandalized in Bulgaria

Vandals attacked tombstones in the Jewish cemetery in the town of Shoumen in north-eastern Bulgaria.

Ukrainian Parliament commemorates Holocaust for the first time

Ukraine’s parliament for the first time commemorated the Holocaust ahead of the international date in memory of the victims.

EJC in the media

AP: Forum architect calls for halt to antisemitism

The chief architect of the World Holocaust Forum, Dr. Moshe Kantor, has called on assembled global leaders to work together to halt a rise in global antisemitism.

Jerusalem Post : Dr. Moshe Kantor brings world leaders to Yad Vashem to fight antisemitism

Over 45 world leaders will gather in Yad Vashem on the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz for the Fifth World Holocaust Forum entitled : “Remembering the Holocaust, Fighting Antisemitism".

Yediot Aharonot : “The best way to spread our message against antisemitism is through social media,” EJC President Dr. Kantor said

From Rivlin and Refaeli to Dr. Ruth, politicians and stars join digital campaign using hashtag #StopThisStory, which coincides with World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem, set to be attended by dozens of world leaders.

News & Views

Joint Statement by President von der Leyen, President Michel, President Sassoli ahead of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau

"The Holocaust was a European tragedy, it was a turning point in our history and its legacy is woven into the DNA of the European Union. Remembering the Shoah is not an end in itself. It is one cornerstone of European values. A Europe that places humanity at its centre, protected by the rule of law, democracy and fundamental rights."

EU leaders travel to Jerusalem to commemorate the Holocaust

The three EU leaders, European Council President Charles Michel, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Parliament President David Sassoli will attend the World Holocaust Forum 2020 in Jerusalem.

US ambassador to Germany: EU should ban Hezbollah

U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard A. Grenell called on the European Union to proscribe the Lebanese terror organisation Hezbollah.

Life in Israel

Israel thwarted at least 560 significant terror attacks in 2019

The head of Israel’s internal security service Shin Bet Nadav Argaman said that Israel thwarted more than 560 “significant” terror attacks throughout 2019.

Hundreds of Jews secretly left Muslim countries for Israel in recent years

Nearly 2,500 Jews have secretly left countries hostile to Israel in recent years, almost all of them with Muslim majorities.

Jerusalem rated fastest growing tourist destination of 2019

Jerusalem was ranked the world's most popular and fastest growing tourist destination by UK-based Euromonitor International.

Galleries

High-level conference: After Halle: From words to action against antisemitism

The European Parliament Working Group on Antisemitism organised a high-level conference entitled After Halle: From words to action against antisemitism, in cooperation with the EJC.

Shoah Commemoration

More than 70 years after the Shoah, the systematic murder of six million Jews by the Nazis and their collaborators, representing a third of the world’s Jewish population and a half of Europe’s, it is incumbent upon us as Jews and as Europeans to maintain the memory of this most unique of genocides and to draw the lessons from it for our own days.

We must seek different methods to convey the same message of where hatred and intolerance and antisemitism lead. The most important of these is through education and the EJC works with governments and local authorities to ensure the insertion and maintenance of Holocaust education in curricula and non-curricula activities.

About us

The EJC was created to give a unified voice to Jewish communities around Europe, representing their common interests and concerns, but at the same time allowing smaller Jewish communities a wider platform to express their specific needs.

It federates democratically elected national Jewish community organisations in over 40 European countries uniting 2.5 million Jews across the continent.