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EJC President Meets With Secretary General of the Council of Europe
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EJC President Meets With Secretary General of the Council of Europe

European Jewish Congress President Moshe Kantor and EJC Secretary General Serge Cwajgenbaum met with Terry Davis, Secretary General of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg on February 12th, 2008.

Moshe Kantor expressed his concerns over an alarming series of anti-Semitic incidents in Europe. During the meeting, Secretary General Terry Davis emphasized the need to fight for the respect of human beings, as well as the importance of educating European youth to reject violence and hate.

Last Sunday, during the Extraordinary General Assembly of the EJC on February 10, 2008 in Paris, the heads of European Jewish communities shared information concerning the most recent incidents in Latvia, Hungary, Italy and France. The European Jewish Congress notes that although physical violence against Jews is slightly decreasing, anti-Semitic rhetoric and acts continue to increase. Moshe Kantor declared that: “We need to find solutions to better combat this hateful phenomenon. We praise the swift and efficient work of the local European police, and hope to see the same assertiveness and firmness by the judiciary in the conduct of their investigation of anti-Semitic attacks.”






· In Hungary, 24 tombs were desecrated in Kaposvar, a town in the south of the country, home to 100 Jewish community members. Two teenagers were subsequently arrested and admitted that they were the authors of the anti-Semitic attacks; they also acknowledged having desecrated other local Jewish sites in 2007 and perpetrated attacks against a Chinese shop.

· In Latvia, there has been an increase in anti-Semitic rhetoric in the mass media -including the state owned TV network. The most basic and alarming clichés about Jews have also permeated cultural displays, such as the theatrical performance of a book conveying the Jewish responsibility in killing Jesus Christ.

· In Italy, following the Turin International Book Fair's decision to invite Israel as the guest of honour, the Left has called for a political boycott of the cultural event. The book festival will coincide with Israel's 60th anniversary; it is the first time that Israel will be honoured at the Fair, as countries are invited on a rotating base. Also, a neo-Nazi blog listing names and workplaces of university professors accused of "publicly and politically" supporting Israel and calling for the boycott of the Jewish community was shut down by Italian authorities.

· In France, three French policemen are being investigated following their eruption in a local bar in Amiens where they shouted “Heil Hitler” while making Nazi salute, and made similar anti-Semitic and racist ranting.

· The EJC also expressed its concern over the latest reported anti-Semitic incident in Belgium, involving a 64-year-old American professor and Holocaust survivor.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013
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