Combating Antisemitism and all Forms of Bigotry.
Within living memory of the Holocaust, the remnants of Europe’s Jewish communities have endured a steep rise in anti-Semitism. Since 2012 alone, at least 14 people have been killed in anti-Jewish violence in the EU. The numbers of European Jews emigrating to Israel or the United States has also increased significantly.
AJC Strategy Conference on Combating Anti-Semitism
The AJC Transatlantic Institute, together with AJC offices in Berlin, Paris, Rome and Warsaw, works together with EU officials, policy makers and civil society to expose and combat anti-Semitism. In 2015 the AJC Transatlantic Institute hosted in Brussels the ground-breaking conference “A Defining Moment for Europe,” where it presented an action plan for European governments to address the intensifying crisis of anti-Semitism.
Identifying Anti-Semitism – The Working Definition of Anti-Semitism
In order to effectively confront anti-Semitism, we must first define it. In June 2016, the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), which includes 25 of the EU’s 28 Member States, adopted the so-called Working Definition of Anti-Semitism. That definition crucially encompasses contemporary forms of anti-Semitism, such as the demonization of Israel and holding all Jews responsible for Israel’s actions. The AJC Transatlantic Institute has consistently called for the EU and its Member States to officially adopt this definition as well. In a first step, the European Parliament in May 2017 did so and urged member states to follow suit.
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Anti-Semitism in the EU Parliament: Palestinian Terrorist Leila Khaled Compares Israel with Nazis
Only months after the European Parliament formally endorsed the IHRA Definition of anti-Semitism, Leila Khaled, active member of the EU-designated terror group Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), was on 26 September 2017 given the opportunity to i.a. liken...
AJC Global Forum: Gillian Merron on Anti-Semitism in the UK's Labor Party
Anti-Semitism, an age-old malady, has returned to modern Europe in new guises—a scandal in the UK’s Labour Party, a resurgent National Front in France, and a vulnerable Jewish community in Malmö, Sweden. As Europe faces dramatic demographic change and the rise of nationalism...
Hanif Bali at AJC Global Forum: Many Jews in Europe Have to Hide their Religious Identity
AJC TAI's Michael Sieveking speaks with Swedish lawmaker Hanif Bali about rising anti-Semitism in Europe.
AJC Transatlantic Institute Praises European Parliament for Endorsing in Resolution the Working Definition of Antisemitism
Brussels – 1 June 2017 – The AJC Transatlantic Institute praised the European Parliament for adopting with overwhelming support a Resolution on Combatting Antisemitism which endorses the...
AJC Transatlantic Institute calls on MEPs to vote for the Resolution on Combatting Antisemitism
Brussels – 30 May 2017 - The AJC Transatlantic Institute today called on Members of the European Parliament to vote on Thursday for the Resolution on Combatting Antisemitism, which, in order to be effective, ought to include the...
AJC Transatlantic Institute Condemns Ban on Religious Slaughter in Wallonia
Brussels– 18 May 2017 – The AJC Transatlantic Institute condemns the decision by the Walloon Parliament to ban religious slaughter as an attack not just against the Orthodox community that will be most directly affected but as an attack against Jewish life in Belgium in...
Congressman Ted Deutch Commends EU on adopting Working Definition of Anti-Semitism
Democratic Congressman Ted Deutch commends the European Commission on its use of the Working Definition of anti-Semitism. Congressman Deutch also calls for EU member states to adopt the definition, which will help identifying and combating the age-old hatred....
Video: EU Commissioner Věra Jourová Endorses the Working Definition of anti-Semitism
EU Commissioner Věra Jourová Endorses the Working Definition of anti-Semitism, which includes 1) Calling for, aiding, or justifying the killing or harming of Jews in the name of a radical ideology. 2) Making dehumanizing, or demonizing allegations about Jews — such as the...
European Commission Agreement with Social Media Companies on Hate Speech
Brussels – 31 May 2016 – The AJC Transatlantic Institute welcomes the agreement the European Commission reached today with social media companies on combating illegal hate speech. The signatories to this code of conduct commit themselves to accept EU law...
Remarks: TAI Director Daniel Schwammenthal addresses Members of the European Parliament on Holocaust Remembrance Day
On the eve of the 2016 International Holocaust Remembrance Day, TAI Director Daniel Schwammenthal spoke at MEP Anna Fotyga's conference "And the World Remained Silent...In Memory of Holocaust Victims and People Who Rescued Jews":