EJC President Ariel Muzicant addresses high-level meeting on antisemitic hate crime

EJC President Dr Ariel Muzicant addressed the high-level meeting on antisemitic hate crime organised by The Austrian-Jewish Heritage Task Force at the Austrian Federal Chancellery and the European Union Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) on 18 May 2022.

The conference brought together special envoys and coordinators on combating antisemitism across Europe, representatives of Jewish communities, and representatives of the European Commission working group on hate crime faciliated by FRA to discuss practical ways to enhance cooperation in the fight against antisemitism and to encourage reporting of antisemitic incidents.

Dr Muzicant took part in a panel discussion on collecting antisemitic hate crimes and its challenges. He was joined at the meeting by FRA Director Michael O’Flaherty, Petra Bayr, rapporteur of the Committee on Equality and Non- Discrimination of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), and European Commission Coordinator on combating antisemitism and fostering Jewish life Katharina von Schnurbein, among others.

At the meeting, Dr Muzicant presented the perspective of Europe’s Jewish communities with a focus to improving cooperation in the fight against antisemitism. In particular, Dr. Muzicant emphasised the importance of building trust with Jewish communities and of working together towards unified methologies across the EU for collecting data on antisemitic incidents.

The meeting was hosted by Austrian Federal Minister for EU and Constitutional affairs, Karoline Edtstadler. The President of the Jewish Community of Vienna (IKG Wien), Oskar Deutsch delivered opening remarks.

The meeting was a follow-up on the implementation of the 2018 and 2020 European Council declarations on combating antisemitism, as well as on the March 2022 Council Conclusions on combating racism and antisemitism.