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EJC calls on European governments to get tough over anti-Semitic demonstrations which incite hatred and violence
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EJC calls on European governments to get tough over anti-Semitic demonstrations which incite hatred and violence

After days of anti-Israel and pro-Hamas demonstrations in European cities across the continents, many of which have descended into violence and have incited hatred against Jews, the European Jewish Congress (EJC) is calling for European governments to use stronger measures against those who break the law.

The EJC leadership has sent a letter to all European Ministers of the Interior calling on them “to ensure that public authorities guarantee the absolute security of our communities, to ban all forms of anti-Semitic and racist incitement, to legally prevent all potentially violent demonstrations taking place in proximity to community institutions and that police resources are prioritised to combat, investigate, prosecute and punish offenders.”

“While we fully respect and support the right to peaceful protest and freedom of expression and understand that tensions are high surrounding the current conflict between Israel and Gaza-based terror organisations, calls for attacks on Jewish community institutions and the utilisation of slogans such as “Death to Jews”, a pure and dangerous form of anti-Semitism, have no place on the streets, nor indeed on social or any other media.”

EJC President Dr. Moshe Kantor spoke about the dangers emanating from the recent violent outbursts of anti-Semitism.

“Any person or group of people who incites hatred and violence against Jews by saying things like ‘Gas the Jews’ or ‘Hitler was right’, things we have heard recently en masse in many European capitals, should be immediately arrested and their demonstration should be halted,” Kantor said. “Tens of synagogues and other Jewish institutions have been violently targeted in the last few days, Jews in Europe are under siege and law enforcement agencies must be able to do their job.”

Since the outbreak of fighting between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, there's been a wave of street-level demonstrations rallying against the war. Some of these protests have escalated into outright anti-Semitism with attacks on Jews and Jewish institutions.

“We believe in the freedoms of speech and protest and any person has a right to legitimately demonstrate on behalf of their point of view,” Kantor continued. “However, there is no right or freedom of incitement against a particular population or the use of violence.”

“These people, frequently a mix of radical Islamists and fascists, should not import their radical agendas to Europe. The threat emanating from these growing groups is not just a threat to Jewish citizens of Europe, but to wider European society and its democratic values because their hatred is clearly not against the policies of a particular government but a radical ideology which targets all those who oppose them.”

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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