FCJE and UCM sign agreement for new Simone Veil Chair on combatting antisemitism

The Federation of Jewish Communities of Spain (FCJE) and the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM) have signed a cooperation agreement to launch the new Simone Veil Extraordinary Chair for the prevention of racism, antisemitism and the promotion of interculturality.

The agreement was signed on behalf of the FCJE by its President, Isaac Benzaquén, and on behalf of the Complutense University by the Vice-Rector for International Relations, Juan Carlos Doadrio Villarejo.

The objective of the Chair is to promote freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights, including the rights of individuals belonging to minorities, through research, scientific dissemination and training.

For these purposes, the Chair is aligned with the Council of Europe’s educational policy on the development of democratic culture and the European Union’s Action Plan against Racism 2020-2025.

The Chair will develop studies and actions to improve the educational and social response to hate speech, antisemitism, prejudice and rejection of otherness, including the teaching of the Shoah and Intercultural and Human Rights Education.

The project will be part of the Faculty of Education and Teacher Training of the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and the directors are Dr. Tamar Shuali (Director of the European Institute of Education for Democratic Culture of the Catholic University of Valencia) and Dr. Gonzalo Jover (Dean of the Faculty of Education of the Universidad Complutense de Madrid).

The Chair adheres to the working definition of antisemitism adopted by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) on 26 May 2016.

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