European Jewish Congress
EJC calls for appointment of EU special envoy to combat anti-Semitism at meeting with High Representative Mogherini
EJC In Action
EJC calls for appointment of EU special envoy to combat anti-Semitism at meeting with High Representative Mogherini

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
More News
EJC President Calls on President Hollande to Place Battle against Anti-Semitism on the Highest Agenda before Crisis Becomes Emergency
EJC President Calls on President Hollande to Place Battle against Anti-Semitism on the Highest Agenda before Crisis Becomes Emergency
European Jewish Congress (EJC) President Dr. Moshe Kantor asked French President François Hollande to place the battle against anti-Semitism at the top of the European agenda during a meeting held in Paris today.
Subscribe to our Newsletter
Life in Israel
  • A multi-pronged approach to water economy innovation
    While Israel is already by far the global leader in wastewater recycling, the Jewish National Fund (JNF) is determined to see the country re-use nearly all of its sewage in the years to come as its population continues to expand from north to south.

    On Thursday, March 23, 2017 A multi-pronged approach to water economy innovation
  • From tragedy to tech: Israelis and Rwandans work together to build start-up African start-up nation
    With a modest population of twelve million, bordered by the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west and Uganda to the north, Rwanda today is renowned for its green highlands, active volcanoes and rare silverback gorillas.

    On Thursday, March 23, 2017 From tragedy to tech: Israelis and Rwandans work together to build start-up African start-up nation
  • Israel and China to partner on environmental technologies
    Urging Israeli companies to take part in cleaning up China’s ecosystem, Environmental Protection Minister Ze’ev Elkin signed a memorandum of understanding on Tuesday to collaborate on environmental technologies.

    On Thursday, March 23, 2017 Israel and China to partner on environmental technologies
  • Knesset extends paid maternity leave to 15 weeks
    The Knesset on Tuesday extended paid maternity leave from 14 to 15 weeks.

    On Thursday, March 23, 2017 Knesset extends paid maternity leave to 15 weeks
  • World's largest conference of travel bloggers held in Israel
    Travel bloggers, writers and industry professionals from 50 countries convened in Jerusalem this week to attend the Travel Blog Exchange (TBEX), the world’s largest conference and networking event for online travel journalists.

    On Thursday, March 23, 2017 World's largest conference of travel bloggers held in Israel
  • Thousands of injured Syrians treated in Israel
    Thousands of Syrians have been killed and millions more are on the run. That's just part of the cost of the ongoing civil war. Yet in all the chaos and heartache, unexpected examples of compassion could be healing more than just physical wounds.

    On Friday, March 17, 2017 Thousands of injured Syrians treated in Israel
  • Cheesecake, amaretto or goat cheese and onion jam?
    Those were just some of the new hamantaschen options this year on offer at a bakery in Tel Aviv, one of dozens around the country, which was bustling in advance of the Purim holiday, which started on Saturday evening.

    On Friday, March 17, 2017 Cheesecake, amaretto or goat cheese and onion jam?
  • Israeli researchers target treatment of autism with cannabis
    Sitting on cushions in the corner of a brightly decorated room in Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Centre, 11-year-old Eitan anxiously watched the sliding door leading to the hallway outside.

    On Friday, March 17, 2017 Israeli researchers target treatment of autism with cannabis
  • Jews and Arabs come together for backgammon championships in Jerusalem
    In the early evening on a backstreet in downtown Jerusalem, Arabs and Jews are milling around, preparing for battle. But this isn't a new round of Middle East violence; it's a showdown over shesh besh, the local name for backgammon.

    On Thursday, March 09, 2017 Jews and Arabs come together for backgammon championships in Jerusalem
  • Israel becomes gas exporter
    Israeli firm Delek Drilling - the part of Delek Group developing Israel’s offshore gas fields - has started exporting natural gas to Jordan in what are Israel’s first gas exports ever, AFP reported on Thursday, citing a company spokeswoman.

    On Thursday, March 09, 2017 Israel becomes gas exporter
EJC in Media
President's Page Security and Crisis Centre by EJC European Parliament Working Group On Antisemitism