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16 November 2015 - Welcome to Kol Europe, the only news bulletin dedicated to bringing European policy news to Jewish communities.


Radicalisation Cannot Be Explained by Racism Alone (Robin Sclafani, CEJI Director)

"Explaining the problem of radicalisation as a result of discrimination is a total disrespect to the victims of these attacks and to the millions of people who have been affected by racist and discriminatory policies throughout their lifetime and are good-hearted, non-violent, responsible hard-working contributing members of society [...]". Read more on the Huffington Post.
Prevention of radicalisation and recruitment of European citizens by terrorist organisations

The final report from the Committee of Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs is now available. The report on preventing radicalisation is scheduled for a plenary vote in Strasbourg at the 23-26 November session.
How to combat radicalisation and terrorism: prevention tools and shared knowledge in the Mediterranean and European space (Lisbon, 3-4 December 2015)

The Lisbon Forum, established in 1994 by the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe, brings together high-level participants from Europe, neighbouring regions and other continents with the goal of sharing expertise and good practice in the field of democracy, human rights and the rule of law. The main goals of this year’s forum are to promote dialogue and exchange across the Mediterranean and European space, and to adopt recommendations that can prevent and combat radicalisation and terrorism.


CoE Exchange on the religious dimension of intercultural dialogue (Sarajevo, 2-3 November 2015)

The Exchanges, established by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, provide a platform for dialogue on issues related to mutual respect and understanding within European societies. The 2015 Exchange focused on the role of religions and non-religious beliefs in preventing radicalisation and violent extremism, with the theme of “Building inclusive societies together”. This theme links into the Action Plan against Violent Extremism and Radicalisation leading to Terrorism adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 19 May 2015. The two sub-themes of the 2015 Exchange are 1) the role and place of religion in the public space 2) teaching about religions and non-religious beliefs at school.
What do young people know and understand about the Holocaust?

The report “What do students know and understand about the Holocaust”, from the Centre for Holocaust Education (UCL) is based on contributions from more than 8000 11-18 years old. The research includes a detailed survey and a series of interviews conducted with more than 200 young people. The goal is to build the most detailed and authoritative national research about students’ knowledge and understanding of the Shoah. Read more about the survey and read the report.

Fight against Antisemitism

FRA Report on Antisemitism (2004-2014)

The Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) has published a report on Antisemitism - Overview of Data Available in the European Union 2004-2014. This report collects available data on antisemitic incidents based on international, governmental and non-governmental sources. At the time of this report, no official data were available for the following member states: Bulgaria, Estonia, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Malta and Portugal.
Antisemitism and Abuse Online

After denouncing antisemitism on her campus by tweeting the image of a “Hitler was right” sticker found at the university with the comment: “For those who don’t think antisemitism is a serious issue, these were plastered over campus”, Izzy Lenga, education officer at Birmingham Guild of Students was harassed with antisemitic messages. Since then, a few Twitter accounts have been closed thanks to the intervention of the Community Security Trust. CST spoke directly with Twitter and the police have been informed of the situation.

Fundamental Rights

European Parliament Anti-Racism and Diversity Intergroup (ARDI)

The European Parliament Anti-Racism and Diversity Intergroup (ARDI) exists to promote racial equality, counter racism, and educate about non-discrimination in the work of the European Parliament. It aims to be at the heart of parliamentary work for racial equality, and against all discrimination based on racial or ethnic origin, religion or belief, and nationality. The Intergroup also looks at discrimination based on these grounds together with gender and age.
World Forum for Democracy (Strasbourg, 18-20 November 2015)
The World Forum for Democracy will engage decision-makers, opinion leaders and social innovators in a debate about the approaches to be adopted at the international, national, regional and local levels in order to ensure the protection of freedom in democracy facing violence and extremism. Read the programme of this year’s forum about “Freedom vs Control”. Read more about the Lab 7 “Interfaith Reponses”, in which CEJI initiative Facing Facts! will be presented next to the Interfaith Tour, Coexister, from France, on 19 November 2015.
OSCE-ODIHR Third Meeting on the Role of Dialogue in the Security of Religious and Belief Communities (Odessa, 3 November 2015)

This roundtable discussion was organised as part of ODIHR’s project on “Promoting Security of Religious or Belief Communities and Others in the Regions of Ukraine”. More than 40 representatives of religious or belief communities, civil society organisations, regional authorities and the office of Ukraine’s Human Rights Commissioner, but also international experts discussed and explored the factors leading to a productive dialogue. A key topic was among others the question of inclusivity, particularly the involvement of smaller religious or belief communities.
Human Rights Day 2015

This year, Human Rights Day will launch a one-year celebration of the 50th anniversary of the two Human Rights Covenants - the ICCPR and the ICESCR. The Focus on "Freedom" recalls the four freedoms underlying the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the two Covenants - freedom from fear, freedom of speech, freedom of worship and freedom from want. You can download the Human Rights Day visual design in all of the official UN languages to develop your own activities and promotional materials. For any queries please send an email to this address.
Mr. Koen Lenaerts elected President of the Court of Justice of the European Union

Mr. Koen Lenaerts has been elected as President of the Court of Justice of the European Union for the period from 8 October 2015 to 6 October 2018. This election follows the partial replacement of the Members of the Court of Justice. Mr. Lenaerts succeeds Mr. Vassilios Skouris.

Good News

We Refuse to Be Enemies, 2015 season
As a reaction to increasing expressions of antisemitism, islamophobia and other forms of bigotry around the world, Muslims and Jews will come together in cities around the globe to declare: We refuse to be enemies. The season officially started on 1 November. The Season of Twinning was founded in 2008 by the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding (FFEU). Check out the European events taking place next week. On 8 December, We Refuse to be Enemies Rally with the participation of CEJI among others, will take place in Brussels outside the European Parliament.

CEJI Events

Mitzvah Day Brussels, 22 November 2015

Mitzvah Day 365 is an international initiative bringing communities together through social action, throughout the year. These projects help to create valuable relationships between faith groups. For those interested to participate in Mitzvah Day in Brussels, get in touch with CEJI’s training coordinator Stéphanie Lecesne.
Overcoming Antisemitism and Overcoming Islamophobia, Paris (Montreuil), 10-15 April 2016

CEJI is organising a training on Overcoming Antisemitism, Overcoming Islamophobia in Montreuil from 10 to 15 April 2016. The training will take place in French and is open to educators, teachers, social workers. Places are limited so please contact CEJI training coordinator Stéphanie Lecesne for more information and the registration procedure.


Leatid Top Leaders Seminar, Berlin, 4-6 March 2016

Top Leaders is a programme directed at presidents, vice-presidents and decision-makers of Jewish communities  and institutions throughout Europe. In the last 16 years, Leatid has developed a unique expertise in “community development”. The goal is to put Jewish leaders in touch with key models and ideas in the Jewish world so that they can strengthen their leadership skills and gain a better understanding of their community.
PhD Scholarships at the European University Institute (deadline: 31 January 2016)

Approximately 150 PhD scholarships are available for the 2016-17 academic year. The deadline for applications is 31 January 2016.
Manifesting Religion or Belief: A Human Rights Perspective (Brussels, 17 November 2015)

At a time of rising tensions in several member states concerning the manifestation of religion or belief, and increasing hate crimes against minorities across Europe, this seminar of the European Network on Religion and Belief (ENORB) will examine the issues from a human rights perspective, and seek to develop a consensus position to contribute to the current discussions in the EU Council on a New Equal Treatment Directive. You can register online.


What the demography of British Jews tells us about the future of the community

The Institute for Jewish Policy Research has published an important study using UK Census data. The research analyses the possible changes in the composition of the British Jewish population over the coming decades. Read the publication "Strictly Orthodox rising: What the demography of British Jews tells us about the future of the community".
WWII Registry Forms for Jews Found in the Wall of a House in Budapest

Following renovations at a house in Budapest, 6300 documents, dated 1944 and used to register Jewish residents from Budapest, have been uncovered in a wall. The forms were ordered by the Budapest authorities in 1944 and sent to all homeowners with the order to fill them out and to specify if the owners and tenants were Christian or Jewish. Over 600 000 Hungarian Jews were slaughtered between 1941 and 1944. Today, almost 50 000 Jews live in Hungary.

Who’s who

Dr. Kathrin Meyer, Executive Secretary of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA)
Dr. Kathrin Meyer has an MA in Educational Science and a PhD in History from the Technical University Berlin. In 2004, Dr. Meyer was appointed Adviser on Antisemitism Issues at the OSCE ODIHR. In 2008, Dr. Meyer was selected as the new Executive Secretary of the IHRA to establish and lead its Permanent Office located in Berlin. The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) is an intergovernmental body whose purpose is to place political and social leaders’ support behind the need for Holocaust education, remembrance and research both nationally and internationally. In her role as Executive Secretary, Dr. Meyer advises and implements the priorities of the IHRA Chair and coordinates the activities of its 31 member countries, four expert Working Groups and several specialized committees.
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