The European Jewish Congress would like to express its joy on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of Yom Ha’atzmaut, the Israeli Day of Independence.
"Neither the public nor the private space are perceived as safe for Jews, as was seen by the recent horrific and brutal murder of Mireille Knoll, who survived the Holocaust to be stabbed and burnt in her home. The general feeling shared by Jews, as individuals and as a community, is that antisemitism has entered a new phase, and is widespread in most parts of the world,” said Dr. Moshe Kantor.
The European Jewish Congress condemns the horrific murder of Holocaust survivor Mireille Knoll in Paris last Friday, in a sordid echo of the murder of Sarah Halimi almost one year ago.
It has been abundantly clear for too long that the Labour leadership under Jeremy Corbyn has at best a massive blind spot when it comes to antisemitism, and at worst openly encourages hatred and double-standards against Jews.
As representatives of Jewish organisations working for many years in Europe and Brussels, we are urging you to publicly condemn MEP Ana Gomes for a string of antisemitic remarks and her attempt to silence Katharina von Schnurbein, appointed by the European Commission to combat precisely the kind of incendiary rhetoric Ms. Gomes used.
"We welcome this very positive initiative of the Spanish government to work with the Jewish community and with educators and we urge other European governments to see this as a positive prototype to implement in their own countries", said Dr. Moshe Kantor.