During a meeting yesterday with High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission Federica Mogherini, a delegation from the European Jewish Congress (EJC), headed by President Dr. Moshe Kantor, called for the appointment of a special European Union Envoy and a special task force to combat rising anti-Semitism.
“Now more than ever, the European Union needs to create a position and organization specifically geared towards finding long-lasting solutions for anti-Semitism and other forms of racism,” EJC President Dr. Moshe Kantor said to High Representative Mogherini. “The recent events demonstrate that the sense of security among Jews in parts of Europe is at its lowest point since the end of the Holocaust and many are leaving their homes as a result.”
“It is incumbent on the European Union to urgently place combating anti-Semitism as one of its highest priorities because this is a hatred that transcends borders and cannot be dealt with by any single nation on its own.”
“Friday's attack on the Hyper Cacher supermarket in Paris piled pain upon pain for the people of France and Europe as a whole, High Representative Mogherini said. “I discussed with Dr Kantor how to tackle concretely the challenge of anti-Semitism in Europe.”
“The EU is built on a belief that we can combat cross-border phenomena – from combating the rise of anti-Semitic incitement on the internet, to tackling extremist ideology abroad, one of the priorities in developing a comprehensive strategy to combat emerging threats in the Middle East. The spirit of unity we have seen in France, across Europe and the world since last Wednesday must instill a unity of purpose in all of us in combating these threats.”
The meeting was held only a few days after four people were murdered in a kosher supermarket in Paris. According to survivors of the attack, Amedy Coulibaly said that he specifically chose the Hyper Cacher because he wanted to target Jews. The attack is just the latest one on Jews and Jewish targets which have seen dozens of dead or wounded in recent years.
“We warned after the Toulouse school massacre and again after the Brussels Jewish museum massacre that Jews are facing even greater threats,” Dr. Kantor continued. “The targeting of Jews across Europe is ongoing, persistent and growing more and more deadly, and is being justified by a growing number of people on the continent, whether it is in certain communities, public figures or the media.”
“This challenge needs special attention and to be dealt with in a holistic manner. The same groups who target Jews are a threat to our general society and all of Europe and we must find a strong and robust answer to prevent the next massacre before it is too late.”Thursday, January 15, 2015