EJC President calls on the Portuguese Parliament not to harm the Sephardi citizenship law

EJC President Dr. Moshe Kantor has written to the President of the Portuguese Parliament calling on him to ensure that a law passed in 2013 which provides Sephardi Jews with the possibility to apply for Portuguese citizenship is not harmed by recent attempts to pass amendments which would damage the applicability, intention and spirit of the original law.

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EJC President calls on the Portuguese Parliament not to harm the Sephardi citizenship law

EJC President Dr. Moshe Kantor has written to the President of the Portuguese Parliament calling on him to ensure that a law passed in 2013 which provides Sephardi Jews with the possibility to apply for Portuguese citizenship is not harmed by recent attempts to pass amendments which would damage the applicability, intention and spirit of the original law.

Antisemitic chants at anti-racist march in Paris shows how worthy cause is being hijacked to spread hate

EJC President Dr. Moshe Kantor called on anti-racist marchers and organisers to ensure that antisemitism is not being adopted by some within their ranks, after large groups of marchers at a rally in Paris's Place de la République shouted antisemitic slogans like “dirty Jew”.

Kantor Center Antisemitism Worldwide Report 2019 – The Coronavirus Crisis is Reviving ‘Blood Libels’ Against Jews

EJC President Dr. Moshe Kantor said that already in the first few months since the global breakout of the coronavirus, there has been a rise in antisemitic manifestations relating to the spread of the disease and the economic recession triggered by the pandemic at the release of the Antisemitism Worldwide Report 2019. The total number of major violent incidents monitored in 2019 was 456, an 18% rise from 2018.

Message from Moshe Kantor

EJC President Dr. Moshe Kantor announced a series of important measures to provide support and assistance to Jewish communities and other people in need to mitigate the effects of the coronavirus crisis.

EJC expresses outrage at mass display of public antisemitism at Aalst Carnival

EJC expresses outrage at the appalling mass display of open antisemitism during carnival celebrations in the Belgian city of Aalst and stands in solidarity with its affiliate, the Coordinating Committee of Belgian Jewish Organisations (CCOJB).

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.

Events & Meetings

EJC Executive Vice President and CEO Raya Kalenova addresses webinar on the Double German Presidency

EJC Executive Vice-President and CEO Raya Kalenova took part in the Webinar "An accelerated push to tackle antisemitism: The Double German Presidency" hosted by MEP Nicola Beer and MEP Sergey Lagodinsky, Chair and Vice-Chair of WGAS.

Raya Kalenova in conversation with the Crif

EJC Executive Vice-President and CEO Raya Kalenova will take part in a conversation with the Representative Council of Jewish institutions in France (Crif) on the challenges of European Jewish communities after the crisis on 19 May 2020 at 6pm CET.

Greek Jewish leader David Saltiel awarded with Medal of Grand Commander of the Order of the Phoenix

The European Jewish Congress was represented by Raya Kalenova, Executive Vice-President and CEO at a ceremony honouring David Saltiel, President of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece (KIS) with the medal of the Grand Commander of the Order of the Phoenix, by H.E. Mr. Prokopios Pavlopoulos, President of the Hellenic Republic.

News from Communities

Call to verify database of Austrian Holocaust victims for Wall of Names Memorial

Ahead of the construction of the Shoah Wall of Names Memorial in Vienna, the Documentation Centre of the Austrian Resistance (DÖW), is calling on the descendants and relatives of Austrian Holocaust victims to consult its database to ensure that no name is forgotten.

Suspended sentence for assault on Kippah-wearing man

A 23-year old man who tore a kippah off a 19-year-old's head in the German city of Freiburg has been given a suspended sentence.

Dutch parliament backs fighting antisemitism, but not funding Jewish security

The Dutch parliament passed a number of motions that speak of the need to fight antisemitism in the country. A draft motion calling for the government to pay for security around synagogues failed to pass, however.

Frankfurt Jewish community president and Mayor want MP to resign from BDS group

The walls are closing in on the controversial foreign policy spokesman for the German Green Party Omid Nouripour after the president of Frankfurt’s Jewish community and the commissioner to combat antisemitism in the state of Hesse urged him to resign from an allegedly pro-Boycott, BDS antisemitic organization.

German Special Forces unit to be dissolved after reported far-right links

An elite German military unit which reportedly had a number of extreme right-wing members will be disbanded.

EJC in the media

Israel National News: EJC to Portuguese parliament : Don’t harm Sephardi citizenship law

EJC President Dr. Moshe Kantor has written to Portugal’s President of the Assembly of the Republic, Eduardo Ferro Rodrigues, calling on him to ensure that a law passed in 2013 which provides Sephardi Jews with the possibility of applying for Portuguese citizenship is not harmed by recent attempts to pass amendments which would damage the applicability, intention and spirit of the original law.

The Algemeiner : “The people who claim to march against hate and racism while shouting violent antisemitic statements are hypocrites”

Leading European Jewish organizations and personalities expressed outrage after video emerged of ostensibly anti-racism protesters in Paris shouting antisemitic slurs.

Jewish News: Protesters shout ‘dirty Jews’ at Paris rally against police racism

French and European Jewish groups have condemned antisemitic chanting heard during a Paris demonstration against the death of a black man in police custody.

News & Views

US Supreme Court will hear cases of Jews suing Germany, Hungary over Nazi art

The US Supreme Court agreed to hear a case involving the descendants of a group of Jewish art dealers from Germany who say their ancestors were forced to sell a collection of religious art to the Nazi government in 1935.

YouTube removes 25,000 pages for hate speech

YouTube shut down more than 25,000 channels for violating its hate speech rules among which French comedian Dieudonné M’bala M’bala, white supremacist Richard Spencer and former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke.

Montreal unlikely to change metro station named after antisemite

Amid the push to remove statues and symbols with historical ties to racist concepts and ideas in the Western World, the city of Montreal has faced growing criticism to remove the name of Lionel Groulx, a Quebec nationalist who harbored strong antisemitic views.

Life in Israel

Aliyah minister hopes to bring all Falash Mura Jews to Israel in 2 years

Despite a government decision of 2015 which was supposed to 9,000 Falash Mura Jews to Israel, around 7,000 still remain Ethiopia. New aliyah minister MK Pnina Tamano-Shata hopes to resolve this issue within 2 years.

Tel Aviv University’s online cybersecurity course ranked first in the world

Tel Aviv University's online cybersecurity course - free and already viewed by users in 150 countries - has taken the top spot in the world among the online courses available in the field.

Universal becomes first major music label to open a branch in Israel

Universal Music Group, one of the largest music corporations in the United States, has become the first major American music company to open a branch in Israel.

Galleries

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.