EU releases first-ever option to battle antisemitism, advertise Jewish lifestyles

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The European Commission launched on Tuesday its first legitimate technique on combating antisemitism and selling Jewish lifestyles, which incorporates hundreds of thousands in investment to safe Jewish websites.

The 26-page program has 3 central objectives — combating antisemitism in all its bureaucracy, protective and fostering Jewish lifestyles, and selling Holocaust analysis, schooling, and remembrance.

“We want to see Jewish life thriving again in the heart of our communities,” mentioned European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. “This is how it should be. The strategy we are presenting today is a step change in how we respond to antisemitism. Europe can only prosper when its Jewish communities feel safe and prosper.”

The “EU Strategy on Combating Antisemitism and Fostering Jewish Life (2021-2030)” proposed a lot of concrete measures.

To battle antisemitism, the Commission will lead the advent of a community of organizations throughout Europe to flag antisemitism content material on-line, and can increase counternarratives. It can even paintings with tech corporations and shops to stop the web sale of Nazi-themed products.

The Commission is the manager department of the European Union.

File: Rabbis participate in self-defense coaching right through the Conference of European Rabbis in Prague, Czech Republic, on Tuesday, February 24, 2015. (picture credit score: AP/Petr David Josek)

The Commission will supply EU nations 24 million ($27 million) in 2022 to higher give protection to Jewish websites and public puts, with a purpose to lend a hand foster viable Jewish lifestyles in Europe. It can even begin systems to boost consciousness about Jewish lifestyles and tradition in Europe.

To advertise Holocaust consciousness and schooling, the Commission mentioned that it could create a community of less-known Holocaust websites, comparable to hiding puts or capturing grounds. The technique additionally dedicated to the advent of a community of younger ambassadors to advertise Holocaust remembrance.

The report mentioned that the EU would toughen its cooperation with Israel in opposition to antisemitism and the revitalization of Jewish heritage.

To oversee those efforts, the Commission’s Working Group on fighting antisemitism might be became an everlasting frame.

Concertgoers attend a efficiency on the Portuguese Synagogue in Amsterdam, on August 17, 2017. (Cnaan Liphshiz/JTA)

The Commission wired that combating antisemitism is basically a countrywide accountability, however famous that the EU can coordinate between nations, supply steerage and price range, and observe growth.

The technique might be applied in the course of the 12 months 2030, and growth experiences might be revealed in 2024 and 2029.

From 9.5 million Jews sooner than the Holocaust, the Jewish inhabitants of Europe lately stands at 1.5 million. However, that quantity is shedding as Jews had been leaving Europe, due in no small section to antisemitism.

“Antisemitism is incompatible with EU values and with our European way of life,” mentioned Commission Vice President for Promoting our European Way of Life Margaritis Schinas. “This strategy — the first of its kind — is our commitment to combat it in all its forms and to ensure a future for Jewish life in Europe and beyond.”

The program was once welcomed by way of Israel’s Knesset speaker.

“I wish to thank the European Commission for publishing its strategy to combat antisemitism. Antisemitism is a social evil that erodes the fundamental values of any civil society. Fighting antisemitism is a global interest and I urge everyone to join us in this crucial and moral battle,” mentioned Speaker Mickey Levy.

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