Dr. Moshe Kantor bestows Golden Vision award on Pope Francis

In a private meeting with Pope Francis in the Vatican, EJC President Dr. Moshe Kantor bestowed the 2020 Golden Vision award on Pope Francis as a token of appreciation for his message of brotherhood between Jews and Christians and his unrelenting commitment to younger generations and promoting solutions to the moral and ethical challenges of our time.

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Dr. Moshe Kantor bestows Golden Vision award on Pope Francis

In a private meeting with Pope Francis in the Vatican, EJC President Dr. Moshe Kantor bestowed the 2020 Golden Vision award on Pope Francis as a token of appreciation for his message of brotherhood between Jews and Christians and his unrelenting commitment to younger generations and promoting solutions to the moral and ethical challenges of our time.

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.

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

British publisher to revise text suggesting Israel was long-term cause of 9/11

The publisher of a British high-school text has admitted error in suggesting that Israel was a long-term cause of the September 11 attacks on the U.S..

51,816 examples of online antisemitism in France in 2019

With a 27% increase in the number of antisemitic incidents in France, CRIF has expressed its concern at daily forms of antisemitism – a form that doesn’t kill but is a regular occurrence of anger and insults.

Pig burning facility to be built near Holocaust memorial in eastern Ukraine

An animal waste-burning facility is expected to be built near a Holocaust memorial in the rebel-controlled town of Alexandrivka in Eastern Ukraine. 

German gunman reportedly wanted to “eliminate” Israel and other Middle East countries

The shooter who murdered ten people in the German city of Hanau was a far-right extremist who reportedly said he wanted to exterminate people from Asia, North Africa and Israel.

Frankfurt mayor: Antisemitism and hatred of Jews on the rise in Germany

Frankfurt Mayor Uwe Becker spoke at Muni Expo 2020 in Tel Aviv, warning of the recent rise in antisemitic events and overall hatred of Jews in Germany.

EJC in the media

Jerusalem Post : Pope Francis and Dr. Moshe Kantor discuss future World Holocaust Forums

The two discussed about future World Holocaust Forums, and using the event as a platform to discuss ethical and moral challenges such as rising extremism, refugees, education, global inequality and more.

Op-Ed by Dr. Moshe Kantor in the Daily Telegraph: As the Holocaust fades from living memory, it is more urgent than ever to teach...

"Antisemitism fundamentally equates to extremism and extremism is a threat to us all. When we allow these forces to shake the pillars of our communities, society as a whole is imperiled. Any resigned acceptance of extreme prejudice will fuel other hateful philosophies emboldened by the absence of serious resistance," writes EJC President Dr. Moshe Kantor.

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.

News & Views

MEP Nicola Beer to chair EP Working Group against antisemitism

MEP Nicola Beer, Vice President of the European Parliament, and member of the Renew Europe Group from Germany has been elected as Chair of the European Parliament Working Group Against Antisemitism (WGAS).

Iran threatens to raze tomb of Esther and Mordechai in favour of Palestinian consulate

Iranian authorities are threatening to destroy the historic tomb of Esther and Mordechai in the city of Hamedan, 200 miles west of Tehran, in favour of constructing "a consular office for Palestine".

Palestinian FM dodges European Parliament questions on Israeli captives

Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki declined to answer what the PA is doing to bring about the release of the four Israeli captives in Gaza, during remarks to the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee.

Life in Israel

Israel’s pioneering all-women tank crews to provide protection of country’s south

The all-female tank crews that the Israel Defence Forces will create this coming year will have the mission of defending the Egyptian and Jordanian border against intrusion by terror squads.

Israel to build rail line straight from Ben Gurion Airport to Western wall

Israel’s Transportation Ministry advanced plans to build a new train station that would directly connect Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport to the Western Wall in Jerusalem.

EU ambassador to Israel plants tree for Tu Bishvat side by side with disabled children

EU ambassador to Israel Emanuele Giaufret took part in at Tu Bishvat ceremony at Beit Issie Shapiro centre, a non-profit organisation which promotes equality and a community for people with disabilities.

Galleries

EJC Gala Dinner in Jerusalem – 23 January 2020

The European Jewish Congress organised a Gala dinner in Jersualem in the presence of the U.S. Speaker of the House of Representatives, Ms Nancy Pelosi and the Speaker of the Knesset, Mr Yuli Edelstein.
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Fifth World Holocaust Forum – History of the Forum

Video introducing the history of the World Holocaust Forum, presented at the Fifth World Holocaust Forum at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem on 23 January 2020.
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Fifth World Holocaust Forum – Holocaust and liberation

Video on the Holocaust and the liberation of the camps, presented at the Fifth World Holocaust Forum at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem on 23 January 2020.
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Fifth World Holocaust Forum – Antisemitism today

Video on antisemitism today, presented at the Fifth World Holocaust Forum at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem on 23 January 2020.

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.