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EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT PRESIDENT: NO JEW SHOULD BE FORCED TO LEAVE EUROPE
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EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT PRESIDENT: NO JEW SHOULD BE FORCED TO LEAVE EUROPE

No Jew should be forced to leave Europe, the new European Parliament President Antonio Tajani said Wednesday.

He spoke at the parliament’s official annual ceremony for International Holocaust Remembrance Day, held in cooperation with the European Jewish Congress. 

Hosting the ceremony was one of Tajani's first activities in his new post, which he stepped into just last week.

Warning that antisemitism is not an issue of the past, Tajani said the increasing number of antisemitic incidents around Europe should serve as a warning of the need to defend peace and tolerance. "It is important to remain vigilant and not be afraid," he said, stressing the importance of learning from the past to avoid repeating the same errors.

Speaking after him, European Jewish Congress President Dr. Moshe Kantor highlighted that as the Holocaust was a crime committed by Europeans against Europeans, he said citizens of the continent have a "special responsibility to commemorate what their forefathers did or let happen."

Both Tajani and Kantor referred to new challenges faced by Europe, mentioning deadly terror attacks across the continent and the rise of the extreme right in certain countries, as well as challenges of unemployment and the refugee crisis. "Europe is in danger," Kantor said. "We must not ask for whom the bell rings - the bell rings for all Europeans."

"We count on Europe to continue showing its loyalty to us, loyalty to the idea that Jews have a future here in Europe - not behind high walls, bullet proof glass and barbed wire," he continued. "As responsible Europeans we feel we must join our forces to defend our common European values against extremism, radicalism and terrorism."

Click here to read the full article in Jerusalem Post

Thursday, January 26, 2017
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