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EJC demands European Parliament take concrete steps to combat Antisemitism
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EJC demands European Parliament take concrete steps to combat Antisemitism

The European Jewish Congress has demanded that the European Parliament adopt practical recommendations to fight Antisemitism which include clear definitions of both Antisemitism and anti-Muslim hatred on the model of the recent resolution on anti-Gypsism.

Addressing a joint event co-organised by the Anti-Racism and Diversity Intergroup and the Working Group on Antisemitism (WGAS) in the European Parliament in Brussels on Tuesday, Ariella Woitchik, EJC Director of Legal and Public Affairs, said that decision makers must use the full force of education, legislation and law enforcement to fight the radicalisation of young European citizens.

“Decision makers must use the full force of education, legislation and law enforcement to fight the radicalisation of young European citizens,” Woitchik told the gathering.

“Part of the answers must also seek to understand and educate about different cultures and religions and to promote interfaith and inter-cultural dialogue and exchange. In this context, both the roots of Antisemitism and the lessons of the Shoah must be taught in the schools of Europe,” she added.

Opening the meeting, WGAS Chair Juan Fernando López Aguilar, commented: “We have the responsibility, as policy makers, not only to discuss the problem but to implement concrete actions to combat these two phenomena, with the help of the two newly appointed EU Coordinators on Antisemitism and on anti-Muslim hatred. The WGAS unfortunately exists because we simply cannot tolerate Antisemitism, whatever its form, in the European Union. The terrorist attacks that were carried out in different EU countries against European Jewish citizens by other European citizens must not only be unanimously denounced but prevented from happening in the future. We must fight the scourge of radicalisation and extremism by using the full force of legislation, education and the criminal justice system.”

“We have the responsibility, as policy makers, not only to discuss the problem but to implement concrete actions to combat these two phenomena, with the help of the two newly appointed EU Coordinators on Antisemitism and on anti-Muslim hatred.”

The meeting was also attended by EJC Executive Vice-President Raya Kalenova and EJC Director of European Affairs Nuno Wahnon-Martins.

In her remarks, Woitchik also drew particular attention to the spread of Antisemitism hate on the internet and social media.

“Social media stakeholders such as Facebook, Twitter, and many others must block all forms of incitement to hatred and violence on their platforms and to help spread appropriate counter-narratives that will speak to young people,” she said. “Those responsible for Antisemitism activity on social media should have their identities revealed. Antisemites should not hide behind anonymity.”

The meeting was attempted by a number of MEP’s, parliamentary assistants and civil society groups.

The European Jewish Congress acts as the official secretariat of the WGAS.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016
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