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IN THIS ISSUE: Fight against Antisemitism / Fundamental Rights / CEJI news  Counter-Terrorism / Community news /  Opportunities / Research
Who is who in Europe?

Fight against Antisemitism

International Holocaust Remembrance Day Ceremony 

The European Parliament and EJC organised the International Holocaust Remembrance Day Ceremony on 25 January 2017 in Brussels. The newly elected President Mr Antonio Tajani called on those present to remember ‘the terrible mistakes of the past’ in order to draw lessons for a “future based on freedom, democracy and respect for human dignity.” He also expressed his concerns over the persistence and increase of antisemitism and the shrinking Jewish population in Europe.

Recent trends in antisemitism in Europe

The briefing of ENAR highlights recent developments and trends in antisemitism across Europe, as it continues to affect Jewish populations all over Europe. European Jews are consistently subject to physical violence, insults, discrimination, harassment (online and in person), attacks against property, and the desecration of places of worship and cemeteries.

Fundamental Rights

Educating for the future through learning from the past

The EU Agency for Fundamental Rights and the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance called for greater efforts to acknowledge and reflect on the horrors of the past and to stand up against all forms of xenophobia and intolerance. “To forget the victims of the Holocaust would be to dishonour them. At the same time, a keen sensitivity to the past can be harnessed for the present.”- said FRA Director Michael O’Flaherty.

#SpreadNoHate: Symposium on hate speech against migrants and refugees in the media

Within the framework of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations' (UNAOC) #SpreadNoHate initiative, UNAOC and the European Union (EU) co-organised a one-day symposium in Brussels on 26 January 2017. The aim was to better understand the triggers and mechanisms of hate speech against migrants and refugees as well as to foster inclusive, open and diverse societies.

EU Citizenship Report: Promoting EU citizens' rights and freedom

Commission publishes its third EU Citizenship Report which sets out priorities in further raising awareness of the rights and freedoms that come with EU citizenship. One of the main findings of the Report is the proportion of Europeans wanting to know more about their rights continues to increase.

Counter-Terrorism

New European police centre to fight terrorism

A new European counter-terrorism centre opening this month will improve information-sharing among national police forces whose performance is under scrutiny after the attacks in Paris in November. "It will provide French and Belgian police services and their counterparts around Europe with the platform they need to share information more quickly and to crack down on the terrorist groups that are active." Europol director Rob Wainwright said in an interview at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

CEJI news

Hate Crime is not (Only) My Problem

The International Civil Society Centre invited our Community Affairs Coordinator, Melissa Sonnino, to write a blogpost about the work of Facing Facts! and the topic of hate crime and civil society in general. Read her piece Hate Crime is not (Only) My Problem now.

Managing religious diversity in the workplace: a good practice guide by ENAR

CEJI provided two case studies to the latest Equal@work toolkit, which looks at how employers can manage religious diversity in the workplace; identifying challenges and providing practical solutions and good practices to respond to these challenges.

Registration is open for the second Facing Facts oline course on hate crime monitoring

Learn about hate crime and its impact on victims and communities, how to recognise and record hate crimes and how to use your data to advocate for improved responses. The variety of our learning methods and its highly interactive components make this course unique. Sign up with our special introductory offer for free!

Community News

Syrian refugee family to be given home inside London synagogue

A London synagogue is raising funds to convert part of its premises to accommodate a refugee family from Syria. “This is a very personal issue for a lot of our members,” said Alice Alphandary, the synagogue chair. “There is a sense that we as Jews have benefited from sanctuary in the past. Now we want to repay that welcome to a new generation.”

Antisemitism in Germany doubled in last year

The number of reported antisemitic attacks in Germany doubled from 2015 to 2016, according to an annual report the Diaspora Affairs Ministry of Israel, released ahead of International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Between January and September 2015, 194 antisemitic incidents were reported in Germany. That number rose to 461 during the same period in 2016.

Lessons from Auschwitz Project reintroduced in Northern Ireland

The Northern Ireland Government has announced funding for the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Lessons from Auschwitz Project. Education Minister, Peter Weir said: “It is important that we remember events such as the Holocaust and learn from them. We must ensure our young people have an understanding of what went on and that they see where hatred, prejudice and intolerance can ultimately lead.”
 

Company says Auschwitz game meant to raise Holocaust awareness

An entertainment company in the Czech Republic defended its Auschwitz-themed escape game, whose objective is to exit a room resembling a gas chamber disguised as a shower at Auschwitz. Petr Papousek, president of the Federation of Jewish Communities in the Czech Republic, called the game “inappropriate”.

Education

The Council of Europe on democratic citizenship education and social inclusion

The Education and Culture Committee of the Council of Europe held a meeting on 24th January on democratic citizenship education and social inclusion. The meeting covered topics such as the framework of competences for a democratic culture implementation as well as the remembrance of the Holocaust - a training for NGOs.

Opportunities

Applications are currently open to the Paideia One-Year Program of Jewish Studies

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 120 ECTS Master in Jewish Civilizations at the Hochschule für Jüdische Studien in Heidelberg, Germany. First deadline March 1. Final deadline April 15.
 

Research

Are Jews leaving Europe?

Authored by Senior Research Fellow Dr Daniel Staetsky, the publication provides an in-depth analysis of Jewish migration to Israel from selected European countries, in the context of the changing politics and demography across the continent. In particular, it asks whether or not recent developments in migration to Israel are in any way unusual, either in scope, scale or motivation. If Jews are leaving Europe, what prompts them to do so? Does antisemitism, in particular, play a role?

Who is who in Europe?

Fania Oz-Salzberger, the new director of Paideia

Fania Oz-Salzberger completed her doctoral degree at Oxford University. A former Fellow of the Jerusalem and Berlin Institutes of Advanced study, she also held posts as Chair of Israel Studies at Monash University and Visiting Professor for Distinguished Teaching at Princeton University. She has published prolifically books and articles on the history of ideas, the Enlightenment, Jewish origins of modern political thought, and Israeli-European relations.

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