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EJC calls on European Parliament to take action on results of EU report on anti-Semitism

Following the report of the EU Fundamental Rights Survey on Anti-Semitism and results which displayed extreme levels of concern regarding physical attacks against Jews and a general atmosphere of antagonism towards Jewish communities, a top level meeting of European stakeholders, including MEPs and Ambassadors from The Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, Austria, Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania and Israel was held in the European Parliament on Tuesday, November 26 to address the issues raised in the report and to advocate for political measures.

EJC welcomes Council of Europe report on Greece, Proposals about Golden Dawn should be implemented

The President of the European Jewish Congress, Dr. Moshe Kantor, has welcomed a report by the Commissioner of Human Rights of the Council of Europe into the human rights situation in Greece, and in particular in regard to expressions of racism and hate speech by the Golden Dawn political party.

EJC President Says Political Groups in Hungary Have Crossed Red Lines As Annual Antisemitic Figures Display Significant Global Increase

European Jewish Congress (EJC) President Dr. Moshe Kantor has identified Hungary as experiencing the most worrying racist and anti-Semitic trends in Europe.

EJC Slams Outrageous and Horrific Decision by French Locale to Honor Murderer of Israeli Minister

The EJC has slammed the decision by Bezons, a suburb of Paris, to grant Majdi al-Rimawi, "honorary citizenship."" Al-Rimawi was sentenced to life imprisonment plus 80 years for participating in the planning and murder of Israeli Minister Rechavam Zeevi in 2001.The inscription on the plaque prepared by the municipality of Bezons refers to Al-Rimawi as a ""political prisoner."""

EJC Expresses Deep Concern Over Continued EU Failure to Proscribe Hezbollah

‰ÛÏIt is deeply disappointing and inexplicable that the EU Foreign Affairs Council is continuing to prevaricate over a decision proscribing Hezbollah particularly since the Bulgarian government confirmed evidence proving Hezbollah was behind the murderous terror attacks which took place in Burgas during July last year,‰Û Kantor said. ‰ÛÏIt is very hard to find any reason other than the fact that this issue has been inexcusably politicized.‰Û

EJC praises Pope Benedict XVI commitment to dialogue with Jewish People

Pope Benedict XVI carried on the work of his predecessor Pope John Paul II in interfaith dialogue with the Jewish People and particularly with his fellow citizens in Europe.

How Britain’s Sunday Times Marked International Holocaust Memorial Day

European Jewish Congress Calls Sunday Times Cartoon on Holocaust Remembrance Day ‰ÛÏSickening and Offensive‰Û

EJC condemns racist murder in Greek capital

EJC President Moshe Kantor: ‰ÛÏMurderous violence against foreigners and minorities in Greece is the natural result of tolerating racist and anti-Semitic incitement.‰Û

EJC President condemns Iranian Holocaust Denial Cartoon Festival

European Jewish Congress President Dr. Moshe Kantor called the international community‰Ûªs attention to the ‰ÛÏSecond Festival of Caricatures on the Holocaust‰Û initiated by the Iranian regime to deny and ridicule the Holocaust and the Jewish People.

EJC Welcomes Vote of German Parliament Allowing Jewish Circumcision

The European Jewish Congress (EJC) welcomes the vote of the German Parliament today affirming the right of the Jewish community to continue the practice of Brit Milah according to Jewish tradition.

Swedish Jewish Community Dying of a “Thousand Cut” Says EJC President after Series of Anti-Semitic Attacks

The President of the European Jewish Congress (EJC), Dr. Moshe Kantor, warned that the Swedish Jewish community is in grave danger after a series of anti-Semitic attacks, most notably an attack on two Jewish women in Malmo earlier in the week.

UN vote for Palestine upgrade threatens peace process EJC regrets absence of constructive and collective EU role

The European Jewish Congress notes the adoption by the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday, November 29 to upgrade the status of the Palestinian Authority to that of observer state and expresses its concern that such unilateral actions threaten the future of the peace process.

EJC Condemns Jobbik’s Jewish ‘Selection’ and Calls on the European Parliament to Proscribe their Party

European Jewish Congress President Dr. Moshe Kantor slammed Hungarian Member of Parliament Marton Gyongyosi from the extreme anti-Semitic Jobbik party, when he suggested that a survey should be created to count the amount of Jews in Hungary, especially in parliament and government, because they pose a security threat.

EJC Welcomes Cease-Fire Agreement

The European Jewish Congress welcomes the decision of the government of the State of Israel to cease its military response to the barrage of rocket attacks on its cities and population centres within the framework of a general cease-fire...

EJC Statement Concerning Hamas Missile Attacks on Israel

The European Jewish Congress expresses its solidarity with the people and government of the State of Israel as the country continues to face a barrage of rocket attacks on its cities and population centres.

Events & Meetings

EJC meets with German Chancellor Angela Merkel

The European Jewish Congress met on Tuesday, March 27, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and raised with the German EU Presidency its concerns about the rise of anti-Semitism, as well as discussing a proposal to harmonize hate crime legislation throughout the EU

EJC meets with the European Commission and Parliament

A high-level delegation of the EJC was in Brussels on January 28th, 2008. The delegation included EJC president Moshe Kantor, Chairman of the EJC Board of Governors Flo Kaufmann, and Secretary General Serge Cwajgenbaum. The delegation held separate meetings with JosÌ© Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission and JÌÁn Figel, European Commissioner for Education, Training, Culture and Youth.

EJC and Hungarian Prime Minister Orban agree on mutual areas of concern during meeting in Brussels

Earlier today, President of the European Jewish Congress (EJC) Dr. Moshe Kantor led a delegation to meet with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor OrbÌÁn, President of the Council of the European Union, to discuss various issues of concern...

Spanish king receives medal for promoting tolerance

The European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation (ECTR), which operates under the auspices of the European Jewish Congress (EJC), has bestowed Spanish King Juan Carlos with the first ever European Medal of Tolerance...

EJC Meets with Secretary-General of the Council of the European Union

The president of the European Jewish Congress (EJC) Pierre Besnainou met with Javier Solana, High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy and Secretary-General of the Council of the European Union on the 28th of September

EJC President Moshe Kantor and Ex-President of Poland Alexander Kwasniewsky Meet With the President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso. Strasbourg, July 6,...

The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the establishment of a European Institute on Tolerance and Security in one of the leading existing EU research and educational centres...

EJC delegation met with EU leadership to discuss Iranian nuclear threat and EU-Israel relations

The EJC met with EU top officials to discuss issues of concern to the European and Jewish Communities...

NEWS

EJC in the Media

Haaretz : EJC president receives top Italian award

Dr. Moshe Kantor, president of the European Jewish Congress, was awarded the highest decoration to a non-Italian by Italy's president, Giorgio Napolitano.

The Jerusalem Post : European Parliament to mark International Holocaust Day

European Jewish congress head Moshe Kantor "delighted important event now on official calendar"" in coordination with the EJC."

Ynetnews: Sweden’s Jews ‘dying of 1,000 cuts’

President of European Jewish Congress warns Scandinavian country's Jewish community is in grave danger after series of anti-Semitic incidents, most notably attack on two Jewish women in Malmo

The Jerusalem Post : EJC: Palestine UN bid puts nail in coffin of peace process

The European Jewish Congress (EJC) President, Dr. Moshe Kantor, called on European nations to reject the Palestinian United Nations status upgrade to observer status on Monday, stating that the bid would hammer a nail into the coffin of the peace process...

Moshe Kantor reelected EJC President

Kantor to serve as leader of organization representing European Jewry for four more years after receiving 73% of votes...

The Jerusalem Post : Kantor re-elected European Jewish Congress head

Organization's president defeats challenger Prasquier with 73% of vote, warns Jewish traditions, Israel under assault...

The Daily Star : European Jewish leader wants MEP Iran trip cancelled

The head of the European Jewish Congress Moshe Kantor called Monday for European Parliament members to cancel a visit to Iran which he suggested would bring "disgrace" to the EU, this year's Nobel Peace Prize laureate...

EJP: EJC President Kantor: Parliament Iran visit must not go ahead

European Jewish Congress President Dr. Moshe Kantor called on senior European Union leaders to cancel the upcoming visit to Iran by a delegation from the European Parliament scheduled to take place later this month...

EJP : Jewish groups welcome decision to award the Nobel Peace Prize to the EU

The World Jewish Congress (WJC) and the European Jewish Congress (EJC) welcomed the decision by the Nobel Prize Committee in Oslo to award this year’s Nobel Peace Prize to the European Union...

Op-Eds

THE CANADIAN JEWISH NEWSPAPER: “The greatest lesson of the past is not to wait...

Seventy years later we are witnessing a similar spectre of tyranny over parts of the world as the Iranian regime exports its fanaticism and...

Totally Jewish.com : Why We Need a European Council of Reconciliation

In a few weeks we will commemorate the 70th anniversary of Kristallnacht, a 1938 Nazi-led pogrom in which Jews were physically attacked and killed and Jewish institutions were destroyed. While the hatred between different nations that dominated European history for so long has practically been overcome, Europe has clearly not learnt all of the lessons from its darkest hours...

ALGEMEINE: “It is important to relate remembrance to current dangers” by Moshe Kantor, EJC President

Q: Mr. Kantor, as president of the European Jewish Congress(EJC) you deem it very important to remember the 9 November 1038. Why? Kantor: Nuremberg, Babi...

“At the Edge of The Ravine” – by Moshe Kantor, Chairman of the Board of Governors of the EJC

On the night of November 9-10, 1938, organized gangs wearing swastika on their sleeves smashed shops belonging to Jews and burned synagogues. Because the...