EJC welcomes first ever UN report on antisemitism, but says there is still much work to do

(Tuesday, September 24, 2019) – The European Jewish Congress (EJC) has welcomed the publication of the first ever United Nations report on antisemitism. The report was published in conjunction with the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion of Belief Ahmed Shaheed.

“That the United Nations has finally published an in-depth report on antisemitism is certainly welcome and a very important event,” Dr. Moshe Kantor, EJC President, said.

“There are some very important conclusions that demonstrate the world body is concerned with the rise of antisemitism, in particular with regard to the fundamental threat it poses to democracy if it goes unchallenged.”

“It is a good start, but there is still much more work that can and should be done. For example, the report has chosen not to endorse the widely-accepted IHRA working definition of antisemitism, which seems to us a missed opportunity.”

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