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IN THIS ISSUE: Fight against Antisemitism / Fundamental Rights 
Counter-Terrorism / Community news /  Opportunities / Research

Fight against Antisemitism

New study about antisemitism for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)

The JPR team has completed and submitted a privately-commissioned study for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), looking at how antisemitism is perceived and experienced by Jews in Europe, analysed through the lenses of gender, age and level of religiosity. JPR will be formally presenting the research findings at an ODIHR seminar in Brussels in May.

Fundamental Rights

Thirsting for Justice: new report reveals depth of discrimination faced by Europe’s Roma in accessing water

The European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) released a report summarising its research covering 93 Romani neighbourhoods in 7 European countries. “There are Roma living in the exactly the same legal conditions as non Roma, yet they still do not have access to clean water. This is nothing less than direct discrimination" - said Đorđe Jovanović, ERRC president.

Countering hate speech: education to promote inclusion and mutual respect is essential

A joint statement was released of the three European human rights institutions on 21st March, on the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. ODIHR, FRA and ECRI stressed that promoting inclusion and mutual respect through education and strong positive narratives are essential to prevent incitement to hatred and counter hate speech in the digital age.

Polish MEP suspended without pay for saying women should be paid less because they are 'weaker and less intelligent'

The European Parliament has suspended a Polish politician after he said during a debate that women should earn less because they are “weaker, smaller and less intelligent”. Antonio Tajani, Preseident of the EP said he “will not tolerate such behaviour” and added that “by offending all women, [Mr Korwin-Mikke] displayed contempt for our most fundamental values”.

European Court of Justice rules against the wearing of the headscarf in the private sector

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) issued a ruling against two women employees who were dismissed because they wore the headscarf. “An internal rule of an undertaking which prohibits the visible wearing of any political, philosophical or religious sign does not constitute direct discrimination,” the court said in a statement. “However, in the absence of such a rule, the willingness of an employer to take account of the wishes of a customer no longer to have the employer’s services provided by a worker wearing an Islamic headscarf cannot be considered an occupational requirement that could rule out discrimination.” The Court also ruled that a ban may constitute “indirect discrimination” if people adhering to a particular religion or belief were specifically targeted. See here the reaction of the Anti-Racism and Diversity Intergroup of the European Parliament.

Counter-Terrorism

The European Union’s Policies on Counter-Terrorism: Relevance, Coherence and Effectiveness

A new study produced by PwC and the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague (ICCT) highlights the cross-border aspect of the terrorism threat which makes it urgent that EU Member States work closely together in containing this threat. Data exchange, police and judicial cooperation and border control need improvement.

CEJI news

Second Facing Facts online course on hate crime monitoring has started

Having received applications for double the amount of places available, the second cohort of the Facing Facts Online hate crime monitoring course has started on the 20th March. Students study during 6 weeks with dedicated tutorial sessions to enhance their learning experience.

'Their message is urgent': the Holocaust survivor and his 7,000 pieces of antisemitic propaganda

CEJI is a partner of the exhibition Dessins:Assassins / Heinous Cartoons or the antisemitic corrosion in Europe. Read The Guardian's article about the relevance and timeliness of Arthur Langerman's collection.

Community News

Berlin hosts the first Jewish Food Week

Under the name “Nosh Berlin,” the first ever Berlin Jewish food festival kicked off on Sunday, 19th March at the MarktHalle in the hip neighborhood of Kreuzberg with Jewish-Israeli favorites like cholent, sabich, burekas and bagels, served at this weekly indoor food fair.

Anne Frank House and Facebook partner on chat-bot with teenage diarist

The Anne Frank House in Amsterdam and Facebook have partnered on the bot, which is designed to provide information on the life story of Anne Frank in the form of a personalized chat conversation

Medieval Jewish cemetery uncovered in Rome

Archaeologists have discovered part of the so-called Campus Ludeorum, the long-lost cemetery used by Rome’s medieval Jewish community. The discovery of 38 graves dating from the 14th century to the early 17th century, with skeletal remains intact, was announced at a news conference this week at The National Roman Museum.

French Jewish mathematician wins ‘math Nobel’

Yves Meyer, a French Jewish mathematician, won the Abel Prize on Tuesday for his work on the “wavelet theory,” which has been applied in data compression, noise reduction, medical imaging and digital cinema. The Abel Prize has been referred to as the math Nobel prize, which has no category for mathematics.

Education

Learning to live together - A conference on the future of citizenship and human rights education in Europe

Around 300 representatives of governments, education institutions and civil society organisations will debate the future of citizenship and human rights education in Europe at a conference in Strasbourg on 20-22 June 2017. 

Opportunities

Fellowships in Jewish Studies 2017-2018

The Paideia One-Year Jewish Studies Program offers a unique international Jewish studies experience during eight months in Stockholm with the possibility of completing a Master in Jewish Civilizations. Scholarships are available. Application deadline: April 15, 2017.

Social inclusion through education, training and youth

The European Commission has opened a call for proposals under the Erasmus+ programme aiming for social inclusion through education, training and youth. Application deadline: 22nd May. For more information, visit the Commission's website.

Junction micro grants

Junction micro grants are a tool awarded to innovative, engaging community projects by their local/respective members and can range from $1000 to $5000. If you are a young person living in Europe and have a program, a celebration of a Jewish holiday or a Jewish social event in mind, learn more about the opportunity by clicking here.

Research

10-20 Days International Summer Academy and 3 Month CAS-Research Program in August 2017, Switzerland

The main goal of the summer academy of The Institute for Peace & Dialogue is to strengthen the skills of the representatives of state organisations, business sector and NGOs through global academic education in peacebuilding, mediation, conflict resolution, security and intercultural dialogue. The research program includes the two summer academies. For more information, click here.

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