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'Allowing horrors of the past to fade into history, dooms us to make the same mistakes': Euro president warns of rising anti-Semitism as the world marks Holocaust Remembrance Day
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'Allowing horrors of the past to fade into history, dooms us to make the same mistakes': Euro president warns of rising anti-Semitism as the world mar...

The president of the European Parliament has warned of rising anti-Semitism as Holocaust Memorial Day is marked around the world.

The Parliament held its annual Holocaust Remembrance Day with the European Jewish Congress on the 71st anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp.

It came as Auschwitz survivors travelled to the camp in modern day Poland to lay flowers and remember the 1.1million Jews who were murdered by the Nazis.

But speaking at the memorial day event in Brussels today, Mr Schulz warned that many Jews across Europe still do not feel safe.

He said: 'Jewish life is part of our culture and our identity. Without the Jews, Europe would not be Europe. Therefore it hurts that in today's Europe, Jews again live in fear.

'It is unacceptable that Jews are reluctant to wear their traditional clothes and display religious symbols in the public because of fear of reprisals and aggression.

'It is saddening when Jewish people consider leaving Europe because they no longer feel safe.'

Meanwhile Moshe Kantor, president of the European Jewish Congress called on European leaders to take action against rising anti-Semitism.

He added: 'Our collective memory of the Holocaust is fading fast, but if we allow the horrors of the past to fade into history, we are doomed to make the same mistakes again.

'We need more that just ceremony and commemoration. When anti-Semitism is on the rise, when Jews are once again fleeing Europe.

'When a murderous Islamic extremist ideology is threatening our existence, we need action as well as words.

'It is time for our leaders to commit to a robust, unified and coordinated approach to tackling anti-Semitism and Islamic extremism.

'We must all stand against hate refuse to allow history to repeat itself, making ‘never again’ a reality.'

Dr Kantor also said that although Jews are starting to emigrate from Europe in large numbers, this trend can be stopped.

Dr Kantor explained: 'I want to see a bright, secure and prosperous future for the Jews of Europe.

'I believe it can happen and it will happen if we work together to take stronger steps against the sources of hate and violence which target us both.

'Just as the Nazis crimes did not stop at the Jews, so it is with our enemies today.'

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