EJC Director of European Affairs addressed the DRFM Group of the European Parliament

EJC Director of European Affairs Ariella Woitchik addressed the Democracy, Rule of Law, and Fundamental Rights Monitoring Group (DRFMG) of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice, and Home Affairs (LIBE) of the European Parliament.

She was joined by European Commission Coordinator on combating antisemitism and fostering Jewish life Katherina Von Schnurbein and European Agency Fundamental Rights Expert Katerina Vyzvaldova.

DRFMG members held an exchange of views on Antisemitism in the EU.

“As a consequence of horrific antisemitic incidents and the fact that antisemitism has become normalized, Jews don’t feel safe walking around the streets of Europe wearing religious signs. Many European Jews feel afraid of expressing their identity online and offline” said Ms. Woitchik to the members of the group.

“When a human tragedy happens, young people and influencers launch movements on social networks and rightly so…however where were they when a grandmother was murdered in her home in Paris because she was Jewish?”

The DRMFG group is focused on threats to democracy, the rule of law and fundamental rights, as well as the fight against corruption within the EU, across all Member States. It is meant to recommend specific actions to the LIBE Committee, such as meetings with stakeholders, hearings and missions, as well as to make suggestions for proposals for resolutions and reports.