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2 July 2015 - Welcome to Kol Europe, the only news bulletin dedicated to bringing European policy news to Jewish communities. This is our last edition before a summer break - expect to hear from us again at the end of August.

Fight against Anti-Semitism

European Parliament Hearing on Anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and Hate Speech in Europe, Brussels, 29 June 2015

This hearing took place on Monday 29 June in preparation for a possible resolution later this year on the same subject. The preliminary findings of a current study on "The European legal framework on hate speech, blasphemy and freedom of expression" were presented at the hearing, as well as presentations by CEJI, FRA, and more. Watch a video recording of the hearing.
Victims of Hate Crime: Call for Stories

The No Hate Speech Movement is looking for stories of people who have been victims of hate crime. The aim is to show that behind the statistics there are people with life stories, dreams, aspirations, challenges and through them to raise public awareness on the size of the problem. The stories can be shared directly by the victims or through organisations working with victims of hate crime. The collected stories will be shared online on the No Hate Speech Movement platform at its social media.

Building Common Answers – the European Jewish Communities Summit, Barcelona

JDC just wrapped up an international conference in Barcelona aimed at strengthening Jewish community resilience at a particularly challenging time for Jews across the continent. Dozens of Jewish leaders, experts and professionals from across the continent took part in the two-day gathering co-organized with the Ronald S. Lauder Foundation and European Council of Jewish Communities. Check out the videoclip of the event.

Living with Dignity Exhibition in Brussels, 23 June 2015
 
The Living with Dignity seminar and exhibition in the European Parliament in Brussels was dedicated to the experiences of European Shoah survivors and the restitution of stolen property.
“Our goal is to promote the welfare and benefit of Holocaust survivors through the EU [and] urge all countries to respect the obligations from 2009” said event host MEP Bastian Belder.

Fundamental Rights

"Freedom. So what?" Willem Arondéus lecture 2015 by First Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans

On 11 June 2015, Mr Timmermans delivered the Willem Arondéus lecture. "Commemorating the Second World War and the injustice that Arondéus fought against is essential to coming to terms with our past and recognising the mistakes made in the past [...] Today the values we have worked so hard to build are again under threat in Europe". Read the whole speech here.
Consultation Contributions for the First Annual Fundamental Rights Colloquium now online

The consultation contributions for the First Annual Fundamental Rights Colloquium to be held in Brussels on 2-3 October 2015, on the topic “Tolerance and respect: preventing and combating anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim hatred”, are now online. Click here to read them.
Video of the European Commission high-level meeting with religious leaders now online

On 16 June, First Vice-President Frans Timmermans hosted European Parliament Vice-President Antonio Tajani and fifteen religious leaders from Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist and Mormon communities to discuss the topic "Living together and disagreeing well". Among the participants were Ms Joelle Aflalo (Jewish Community of Luxembourg) and His Excellency Albert Guigui, Chief Rabbi of Brussels and Permanent Representative to the EU Conference of European Rabbis. Discover the video here.
FRA Annual Report 2014 now online

As in past years, the Annual report provides concrete and comparative data on the fundamental rights situation on the ground in the 28 EU Member States. It identifies key developments, promising practices, and challenges in many related areas. The latest report also offers a focus chapter on fundamental rights indicators and a chapter dedicated to the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and how Member States use it. Read the Fundamental rights: challenges and achievements in 2014 - Annual report.

Enhancing the economic potential of diversity

A new Council of Europe report looks at building inclusive societies as a key to achieve democratic security in Europe. Ensuring not only equal rights but also equal opportunities for all is one of the main challenges to face to achieve these goals: migrant empowerment and inclusion in the economic sphere are essential factors of equity and social cohesion in diverse societies, and a means of realising the “diversity advantage” – the gains in productivity, creativity and innovation associated with diverse teams, enterprises and communities.

Anti-Terrorism

Eurojust hosts a tactical and strategic meeting on terrorism

For the third consecutive year, Eurojust has put the considerable and growing threat of returning foreign fighters at the top of its counter-terrorism agenda, and held tactical and strategic meetings on 24 and 25 June, chaired by Ms Michèle Coninsx, President of Eurojust, National Member for Belgium and Chair of its Counter-Terrorism Team.

Justice and Home Affairs Council

On 15-16 June 2015, the Council discussed the implementation of the measures set out in the counter-terrorism statement issued by EU Heads of State or Government in February following the terrorist attacks on European soil. Ministers took stock of progress and exchanged views on how to take forward the agreed priorities.The Council also adopted conclusions on the Renewed European Union Internal Security Strategy for the period 2015-2020.
OSCE-wide Counter-Terrorism Expert Conference: Countering the Incitement and Recruiting of Foreign Terrorist Fighters

The conference was organized by Serbia’s OSCE Chairmanship and the OSCE Transnational Threats Department/Action against Terrorism Unit and took place on 30 June 2015 in Vienna. Read the announcement here.

Education

From Yesterday for Tomorrow

From Yesterday for Tomorrow (FYFT) is a young, non-profit charitable organization that believes when it comes to tackling prejudice, prevention is the solution. Their mission is to educate students, empowering young people of today to tackle prejudice and inspiring them to challenge their own preconceptions. FYFT create educational resources for teacher use & lead in-school workshops. Find out more about the services FYFT offers.

Opportunities

Job opportunity at BOD (deadline: 6 July 2015, 9.30 AM)

The Board of Deputies of British Jews is looking for a temporary public and governmental affairs officer (maternity cover). The closing date for application is 6 July 2015 at 9.30 AM UK time.
University funded PhD studentship in criminology (deadline: 10 July 2015)

The university of West London is offering a PhD studentship in criminology for the topic: “Hate Crime, Prejudice and Fear”: A sociological exploration of Jewish experiences and perceptions of anti-Semitism in 21st century London. The deadline is 10 July 2015.
Yerusha project: new website and grants

Yerusha is an initiative of the Rothschild Foundation (Hanadiv) Europe to virtually unite Jewish documentary heritage from across Europe. The Yerusha database is built by projects funded by the Rothschild Foundation (Hanadiv) Europe. Grants are available to support the identification, location and surveying of Jewish and Jewish-related documents within a defined geographical region. Apply now for grants of up to £30,000 per annum for up to 3-5 years are available for Yerusha surveys.
Rothschild Foundation (HaNadiv) Europe: Grants for Projects in Jewish Archives and Jewish Museums
The Foundation welcomes applications to its Autumn 2015 grant round for projects working with Jewish archives and Jewish museums. The first stage online application forms are due 17:00 UK time on 30 July 2015.

Research

ADL Poll About Antisemitic Attitudes

A new Anti-Defamation League poll found that anti-Semitic attitudes fell in France, Belgium and Germany while rising significantly in Italy, Romania and the Netherlands. Read more about the poll here.
 
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