Highlights from Sebastian Kurz's Keynote Speech on EU-Israel Relations and Jewish Life in Europe
Recent years have seen rising antisemitism on the streets, in schools, on college campuses, and expressed by elected officials across the political spectrum. As Hanukkah is a profound symbol of the resilience of the Jewish people, AJC experts joined the Shine a Light on Antisemitism campaign, a global movement to raise awareness of Jew-hatred and empower individuals to stand against it, and mitigate ignorance.
On October 22nd, the Israeli Ministry of Defense designated six Palestinian NGOs as terror groups, operating under the cover of civil society organizations, but constituting an arm of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), blacklisted by the EU, U.S., Canada and Israel. While the European Parliament failed to hear Israel's voice on the matter, and rather gave a platform to one of the newly-designated terror groups’ representative, Swedish MEP David Lega of the EPP Group sat down with AJC Transatlantic Institute Director Daniel Schwammenthal and issued a powerful call for moral clarity.
Continuing AJC’s 25-year-plus engagement with regional governments and building on the breakthrough of the 2020 Abraham Accords - the normalization agreements between Israel and two Gulf states, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, - as well as warming ties with Oman, the leadership delegation concluded a week of consultations with government ministers and other senior officials, policy analysts, and civil society and business leaders, covering a wide array of topics, from combating extremism and regional threat, to promoting interfaith dialogue, and the further strengthening of economic, political, and cultural ties.
German media coverage of incidents and events in and around Israel frequently gives cause for debate and irritation, pens AJC’s Berlin Annina Fichtner in Belltower News. Earlier this month, reports of a Hamas-affiliated terrorist who murdered a 26-year-old South African Israeli, and seriously wounded several others, dangerously reversed the perpetrator-victim narrative. Headlines such as “Israel: One Palestinian Shot Dead” without mentioning neither the Israeli victims nor the Islamist ideology of the martyrdom-seeking gunman, undermine basic journalistic standards, one of the cores of our democratic societies.
Over the last 20 years, France has seen not only rising antisemitism, Islamism, and challenges of integrating significant parts of its Muslim population, but also growing political polarization, all of which have tested the strength of France's Republican model. Join AJC and Tablet Magazine for an in-depth conversation exploring nuances of French society and the challenges that it faces in a changing world.
Interviewed by Europe’s largest-circulation newspaper BILD, AJC CEO David Harris covers a wide range of current issues, including Germany-Iran ties, Germany-Israel relations, COVID-19 conspiracy theories, and Holocaust relativization.
After the release of AJC's landmark 2021 Antisemitism Report, and its troubling findings, Avi Mayer, Managing Director for Public Affairs, explains in this must-read piece in USA Today that "the time has come for Americans of all backgrounds to realize that antisemitism is multifaceted and that no group or community is immune to it."
Jeremy Corbyn’s tenure as British Labour party leader was fraught with antisemitic scandals. During his nearly five-years in his position, the Labour Party was poisoned with antisemitism, amplified hateful rhetoric, and failed to properly address Jewish concerns. Did the Corbynization of the Labour party move Jews to the right or leave them politically homeless? Has current party leader Keir Starmer been able to regain the confidence of the country’s Jewish population? Join AJC and Tablet Magazine as they unpack the political shift in the United Kingdom.
After the launch of the Transatlantic Friends of Israel (TFI) inter-parliamentary group in the EU Parliament in July 2019, the first national chapter opened on October 13 in the Austrian parliament, under the leadership of Chair MP Martin Engelberg and the support of lawmakers from the Greens, the Social-Democrats and NEOS, the liberal party. With over 150 parliamentarians from both sides of the Atlantic as members, the growing TFI network is the first-ever cross-party friendship caucus specifically committed to strengthening the trilateral partnership between the U.S., Israel, and Europe.
At the sidelines of the General Assembly of the United Nations, the 2001 Durban conference was meant to unite countries in the fight against racism. Instead, it became an antisemitic hate fest. While its ugly legacy has fueled Jew-hatred for over two decades, 30+ countries decided to skip the anniversary event last month. Gilad Erdan, Ambassador of Israel to the United States and the United Nations, and Joëlle Fiss, Author of The Durban Diaries, joined AJC’s Felice Gaer and Simone Rodan-Benzaquen for a timely conversation on Durban’s ugly legacy.