The European Jewish Congress is committed to combatting all forms of antisemitism, religious intolerance, racism and xenophobia.
We believe that fighting Jew-hatred is regarded as an integral part of the fight against all forms of racism and discrimination, whilst possessing a specific within the struggle against anti-racism. Vibrant Jewish life in Europe depends on our ability to live safely and securely in our European societies which eschew antisemitic attitudes, whether expressed in the printed word, social media or verbally.Antisemitism in Europe today knows no difference in left or right political creed, origin or religion. It is displayed in the crude and age-old forms of neo-Nazism and far-right Jew hatred in intolerance towards the other and forms of nationalism, but equally in the pernicious and ever-growing antisemitic tropes and anti-Zionism on the far left.
The singling out of hatred for the Jewish State, Israel, is but a modern manifestation of the singling out of the Jewish individual, nation or religion. In many instances, antisemitism has become normalised in the public discourse, legitimising it and facilitating its expression in violent attacks against Jewish individuals and institutions across Europe.
We are deeply concerned by newer forms of antisemitism expressed in the growth of Islamist radicalism and the violent threats and actions this has led to against our communities.
To cite but just a few recent examples, we note the murder of three Jewish children and a teacher at the Jewish school in Toulouse in 19 March 2012, the attack on the synagogue in Copenhagen and the murder of Dan Uzan in 15 February 2015, and the murder of Jews going about their weekly shopping at the Hypercacher supermarket in Paris in 9 January 2015.
We seek to educate in order to combat false and offensive antisemitic stereotypes and attitudes, to promote and clear definitions of antisemitism in attitudes and practice, and in bringing the issue of anti-Jewish hatred to the forefront of the political debate at the local, national and pan-European level. We have succeeded in taking these issues to the highest level of government, encouraging them to make forceful statements and practical political commitments to combat antisemitism and to guarantee the safety of our communities.
The European Jewish Congress, through its work with the Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry at Tel Aviv University, professionally monitors levels of antisemitic hate crime across Europe, providing essential currentdata for Jewish communities, NGOs, security agencies and the media. The EJC has been instrumental in legislative initiatives on the floor of the European Parliament, at the Council of Europe and in pushing strongly for national and local adoption of the International Holocaust Remembrance Association (IHRA) working definition of antisemitism.
We have been instrumental in setting up the European Parliament Working Group on Antisemitism at the, a cross-party body of MEPs and stakeholders which regularly meets to discuss topical trends pertaining to antisemitism and issues strong statements on the issue. We seek to involve the wider civil society and religious leaders to mobilise against the threat of antisemitism, which not only targets our communities but the very foundation of democratic societies in Europe itself.
Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.
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