EU wants to take strong action against anti-Semitism

    Two years after the adoption of a joint declaration by the EU member states, the European Union has again emphasized its willingness to do more to combat rising anti-Semitism.

    On Wednesday, the 27 governments represented in the Council of Ministers under the German Presidency reaffirmed their December 2018 declaration and agreed on further steps in the fight against hatred of Jews. The text of the resolution states that this is a cross-cutting issue for which more awareness must be created at all levels of government. 4besnews BESORGNIS studies by the European Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) and other institutions had shown that anti-Semitism was manifesting itself more and more often. An increase in anti-Semitic incidents and hate crimes are a cause for concern,” the statement said. This includes a continuous dialogue with the local Jewish community with the aim of ensuring an adequate level of security, training of appropriate personnel and

    law enforcement officers.

    JUSTIZ Illegal hate speech and terrorist content on the Internet must be removed immediately by Internet providers in accordance with the legal and non-legal framework, the declaration demands. In addition, a strong judicial response to anti-Semitic acts is necessary. F9news The EU Framework Decision of 2008 on combating racism and xenophobia in criminal law must be applied, including for offences on the Internet. In addition, the IHRA working definition on anti-Semitism, which has so far been applied in 18 EU member states, is an important tool in the fight against anti-Semitic tendencies. The Council called on the other nine EU countries to implement the definition as well. In addition, the Council called for “systematic reporting and recording of anti-Semitic incidents, including those that do not constitute a prima facie criminal offence” in order to be able to react more quickly to new developments. According to the Council declaration, it is important to find new ways to pass on the lessons of the Shoah to future generations. On Wednesday a survey was published, according to which the knowledge about the Shoah in Germany is very patchy. In addition, more than three-quarters of those questioned stated that anti-Semitism is not a major problem in Germany.

    Margaritis Schinas, Vice President of the European Commission responsible for combating anti-Semitism, welcomed the Council’s vote. Jewish life is and will always be part of European societies and our way of life. Today’s commitment by the Member States reaffirms this fact”, he said, calling on the EU Member States “to follow up this commitment with concrete action. For its part, the Commission will present a comprehensive strategy to combat anti-Semitism next year,” Schinas said. The German anti-Semitism commissioner Felix Klein said: “Anti-Semitism is an EU-wide phenomenon. To counter it effectively, we need a suitable European instrument and a sufficient basis. This is precisely the approach of the declaration, which I very much welcome”. The adoption of the text by the Council shows that the EU as a whole has recognized the threat of anti-Semitism to society. It is now the responsibility of the member states to apply the policies and understanding of the European Union in each of their countries,” Lauder continued.

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