In a guest commentary in the Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Federal Councilor Ignazio Cassis took a clear position against the burgeoning antisemitism in Switzerland.
The article was published on November 9, 2023, 85 years to the day after the terrible events of Kristallnacht in Nazi Germany, the beginning of the Shoah. The head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) also refers directly to the past when he speaks of the challenges and obligations of the present.
The trigger for the currently burgeoning antisemitism in Switzerland is the brutal terrorist attacks on Israel, which claimed well over a thousand people. This represents an unprecedented attack on Jewish life since the Shoah.
Federal Councilor Cassis is deeply shocked that Jews in Switzerland today are also unsettled and afraid. He also derives a clear obligation from the state: “That is why clear words are now needed, which must be followed by actions. We must prove ourselves worthy of Switzerland’s constitutional state and our Jewish fellow citizens and strengthen the cohesion of our country.”
He therefore reinforces the emphatic message from Federal Councilor Albert Rösti and the Swiss parties in a joint statement: “There is no place for antisemitism in Switzerland.”