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Commission in Push to Combat Antisemitism

Katharina von Schnurbein (Coordinator for Combating Antisemitism and Fostering Jewish Life of the European Commission), recently highlighted the European Commission’s multiple initiatives against #antisemitism, emphasizing the importance of Holocaust remembrance, security for Jewish communities and legislation targeting hate speech online.

A group of officials tasked with combating antisemitism met in Israel recently to brainstorm on how to end the world’s oldest hatred.

The SECCA (Special Envoys and Coordinators Combating Antisemitism) forum, hosted by the World Jewish Congress in cooperation with the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the European Commission, was timed to coincide with Yom HaShoah, known in English as Holocaust Remembrance Day.

The officials came from diverse nations on six continents, as well as from key international bodies such as the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, UNESCO, Council of Europe, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), and Organization of American States (OAS).

In-depth conversations covered a range of topics, including the state of Ukraine’s Jewish community, Holocaust denial and distortion and the power of sport to fight hate.

“Antisemitism is a global challenge that requires a global remedy,” said Maram Stern, Executive Vice President of the World Jewish Congress. “The important conversations in Jerusalem this week will undoubtedly lead to action from each of these distinguished officials and strengthen the safety and security of Jewish people worldwide.”

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