Buenos Aires will host the Latin American Forum on Combating Antisemitism

Buenos Aires will host the second edition of the Latin American Forum on Combating Antisemitism, in which more than 200 participants will address the strategies needed to eradicate hate speech.

The event, organised by the Latin American Jewish Congress (CJL) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Israel, will take place on 17 and 18 July, 2022, and will feature personalities such as Deborah Lipstadt, special envoy of the U.S. State Department, and her OAS counterpart, Fernando Lottenberg.

Also present will be the former president of Guatemala, Jimmy Morales, and the president of the museum in memory of the victims of the Holocaust “Yad Vashem”, Dani Dayan, who will lead a space linked to the trivialisation of the Shoah.

The event will invite the general public to rethink the challenges posed by antisemitism in Latin America and possible strategies to tackle it.

“We need to think about this phenomenon from a Latin American perspective: what are the characteristics of hate speech in our territory, how does it differ from what happens in other parts of the world? These are some of the questions that we are going to think about and work on together,” said the executive director of the CJL, Claudio Epelman, in a statement issued by the institution.

The first meeting took place in 2016, and was attended by high-level leaders from across the region, including ministers, judges and representatives of human rights organisations from around the world.

The dates of this second edition of the forum against anti-Semitism will coincide with the 28th anniversary  of the attack against the headquarters of the Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina (AMIA), the largest terrorist attack in Argentina, which left 85 dead and remains unpunished.


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