The fight against anti-Semitism is also a fight for a democratic, value-based Europe

In May the EESC invited Raya Kalnova (European Jewish Congress), Michael Bilewicz (Centre for Research on Prejudice, University of Warsaw) and Joel Kotek (Free University of Brussels – ULB) to discuss anti-Semitism in Europe at its plenary session in May.

The EESC president, Luca Jahier started by saying:

Recent events are showing us that we must not let our guard down and think that the sixty years of peace in Europe are to be taken for granted. And although our fundamental rights are enshrined in Article 2 of the Treaty of the European Union, we need to defend them every single day.”

Since fear has become a constant part of Jewish people‘s lives and an alarming 38% are considering emigrating, Ms Kalnova said that the Jewish World Congress felt an increasing sense of emergency.

“To combat anti-Semitism, it is important to know what it actually is.

The intergovernmental organization International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), founded in 1998 by former Swedish Prime Minister, Göran Persson. wants to unite governments and experts to promote, advance and shape Holocaust education, research and remembrance and to uphold the Stockholm Declaration of 2000, and has become a reference for governance and civil society.

On 26 May 2016, the Plenary in Bucharest decided to

Adopt the following non-legally binding working definition of antisemitism:

“Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.” {International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s working definition of anti-Semitism}.

It has already been endorsed by eleven EU Member States, as well as the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union. Civil society organisations also need to endorse and apply this definition and provide leadership in addressing the problem.

Mr Bilewicz referred to the results of a survey conducted in 2017 revealing that one in four people believe Jews themselves are to blame for the growing anti-Semitism. Many Europeans (50% in Poland, 37% in Austria, 32% in Germany) also believe that Jews exploit the Holocaust.

“Against all expectations, the conspiracy theory that Jews have too much power is again back in our society, in the media and sometimes even in our parliaments,”

added Mr Kotek. Hatred against Jews is more perceptible than ever.

EESC members expressed their support for the Jewish community and their commitment to fighting discrimination against minorities.

“It is our duty to fight any act of anti-Semitism in Europe,”

said Employers’ Group president Jacek Krawczyk.

“It is anti-Semitism that led to the Holocaust. Eighty years after the Second World War started, it would be a serious mistake to forget this. We should all think of this when choosing who to vote for in the European elections.”

Arno Metzler, president of the Diversity Europe Group, stressed:

“We must all protest and speak up frankly and freely in our personal circles when we hear unpleasant jokes about Jewish people and the past. It is a public and also a personal obligation to defend our European values.”

From the Workers’ Group, José Antonio Moreno Díaz, president of the EESC Group on Fundamental Rights and the Rule of Law, said:

“Tough times are those when the evident needs to be explained. People who do not remember their history are condemned to repeat it. We must leave no room for discrimination. Tolerating intolerance will destroy democracy. Political forces must unite in isolating fascists and expelling them from their ranks.”



2014 European elections

World remembers Auschwitz survivors

French Muslims under attack

2015-2016 Religion

At the closing hours of 2016 #2 Low but also highlights


Additional reading

  1. Martin Luther “Last Words of David” (1543) a polemical work bearing the same ugly language as in “On the Jews and their Lies” (1543)
  2. Seeds from the world creating division and separation from God
  3. Objective views and not closing eyes for certain sayings
  4. Apocalyptic Extremism: No Longer a Laughing Matter
  5. Denial. . . . . . A Film
  6. If you’re going to be a hater, make sure you’ve done your homework.
  7. The Rise of Anti-Seminism
  8. 2015 – January 27 – 70 years ago Not an end yet to genocide
  9. Religious Practices around the world
  10. Numbers 10:10 Make Your Rejoicing Heard
  11. 25 Orthodox rabbis issued a statement on Christianity
  12. Quiz questions, views, left- and right-wing anti-Semitism
  13. French rabbis of the suburbs confront anti-Semitism
  14. The American clouds of Anti-Semitism
  15. a Call to stop the growing anti-Semitism
  16. Donald Trump after declining numbers of people victimised for their religion managed to increase the numbers again
  17. Incidents of hate have become commonplace in the U.S.A. anno 2017
  18. 2018 January’s issue of The Christadelphian
  19. Historian Deborah Lipstadt Assesses the New Anti-Semitism
  20. Growing anti-Semitism possible sign of certain times
  21. Signs of the times – “An object of scorn and ridicule”
  22. Dr. Miller looking at Jews in France
  23. Anti-Semitic pressure driving Jews out of Europe
  24. Jews In France Ponder Whether To Stay Or To Leave
  25. Anti-Semitism in Austria 2018 study results
  26. Many members of Jewish community wondering if they are still welcome in Poland
  27. Is it time for UK Jews to pack the bags?
  28. The danger of having less than 25 000 Jews in Belgium
  29. This fighting world, Zionism and Israel #6
  30. A convinced voice to debunk false allegations
  31. In Every Generation: The Return of Anti-Semitism – Pesah Day 1, 5779
  32. ….a powerful way to put the universe on notice….
  33. Trusting present youngsters who are not necessary evil
  34. Month of freedom and liberty with Independence Day or Deceived day
  35. Trump’s rhetoric is infusing a culture of Anti-Semitism


Further related

  1. how “anti-Semitism” is used
  2. Rising anti-Semitism in the U.S., on campus and elsewhere
  3. Why isn’t anti-Semitism as reviled as “Islamophobia” or anti-black racism?
  4. The growing anti-Semitism of France
  5. Why isn’t anti-Semitism as reviled as “Islamophobia” or anti-black racism?
  6. On anti-Semitism, anti-Islam and fictitious alliances in U.S.
  7. Italian rabbis accuse biblical conference of fueling anti-Judaism
  8. Macron declares that anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism
  9. Weaponisation of Language To Deceive
  10. The Secret Annexe
  11. Wholesale Segregation of Jews Had Been Planned by German Monarchists – Failure of plot following relevations saves Jewish community | Friday May 14, 1926 – JTA
  12. The Plot to Keep Jeremy Corbyn Out of Power – by Jonathan Cook
  13. The Plot to Keep Jeremy Corbyn Out of Power
  14. Gordon Brown’s Selective Anti-racism
  15. Anti-Semite ‘Comedian’ Dieudonné Likely to do Community Service after Gaol Sentence for Tax Fraud.
  16. freedom of speech under attack
  17. the reason the holocaust narrative must be maintained
  18. A Quest
  19. Forget Putin; Trump isn’t a Russian Spy. He Acts as Israel’s Manchurian Candidate
  20. Donald Trump – racist still not the problem
  21. We Debate the Use of the Term Concentration Camps As People Are Imprisoned and Children Die
  22. Video shows far-right extremist setting himself on fire while firebombing U.K. synagogue
  23. “Was the principal of one of Palm Beach County’s largest public schools suggesting that the Holocaust was a belief rather than an actual event?”
  24. Is Anti-Zionism the same as Anti-Semitism?
  25. MLST NEWS:Palestinian ambassador urges Jeremy Corbyn not to ‘give in’ over anti-Semitism code

About Marcus Ampe

Retired dancer, choreographer, choreologist Founder of the Dance impresario office and archive: Danscontact-Dansarchief plus the Association for Bible scholars, the Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" and "From Guestwriters" and creator of the site "Messiah for all". - Gepensioneerd danser, choreograaf, choreoloog. Stichter van Danscontact-Dansarchief plus van de Vereniging voor Bijbelvorsers, de Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" en "From Guestwriters" en maker van de site "Messiah for all".
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