EJC Executive Vice-President and CEO Raya Kalenova addressed the 6th Lithuanian National Forum on Human Rights and spoke about the important work that the EJC does to protect Jewish communities across Europe, including Lithuania, and fight against antisemitism during these challenging times.
Ms Kalenova took part on the panel “Anatomy of contemporary antisemitism and the response to it” alongside Chair of the Lithuanian Jewish (Litvak) Community Faina Kukliansky, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Seimas Amb. Žygimantas Pavilionis, Member of the Human Rights Committee of the Seimas Arūnas Valinskas and Senior Fellow at the Jewish People Policy Institute (JPPI) Rabbi Dr. Dov Maimon.
“Since October 7th, the largest pogrom or mass killing of Jews in a single day since the Holocaust, we have witnessed a distressing rise of antisemitism in Europe that leaves Jews in a state of extreme fear. Sadly, Antisemitism has become normalised” said EJC Vice-President Raya Kalenova.
“More than a decade ago we created SACC, Security and Crisis Management Centre, called SACC in order ensure the security of our communities across Europe. We have activated dozens of crisis management cells since 2012, including Lithuania, in cooperation with law enforcement agencies. SACC work has been vital to protect Jews in the continent.”
During the forum, the public is invited to discuss the current situation and what we can do to make life in Lithuania good for people of all nationalities, races, religions, genders, social status, political or others opinions – for everyone. This year, the Forum is dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the 30th anniversary of Lithuania’s membership in the Council of Europe.
The Forum is a unique phenomenon that unites the academic, governmental and non-governmental sector and international communities.