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

Fight against Antisemitism

IHRA annual report and achievements

2016 has seen the IHRA adopt a working definition of antisemitism, engage in efforts to protect and preserve sites such as Lety in the Czech Republic and Staro Samijste in Serbia and hold a timely conference on refugee policies from the 1930s to the present day together with the Holy See. For more information, click here.

Amazon removes three Holocaust denial books

The UK arm of Amazon removed three titles from sale because they deny the Holocaust, after requests from Yad Vashem and the British Board of Deputies The books had previously been removed in countries where Holocaust denial is a crime. Although most countries within the European Union outlawed Holocaust denial in 2001, in the UK it is protected as free speech.

Fundamental Rights

New European handbook on equality data

The new European handbook on equality data promotes equality and contributes to fight against discrimination in the EU by analysing why and what kind of data should be collected in relation to equality and discrimination. The new Handbook is a revision of a previous Handbook from 2007, which has been updated in the light of current European framework and to promote new best practices from the Member States.

ENAR fact sheets on equality data collection

As the European Commission recently published its new European handbook on equality data, ENAR puts forward two fact sheets on equality data collection. One of them dispels some of the misconceptions on equality data collection and presents good practices while the other highlights discrimination faced by ethnic and religious minorities in employment.

EU High Level Group websites available

The web pages dedicated to the High Level Group on combating racsim, xenophobia and other forms of intolerance as well as its sub-groups are now online. The main High Level Group webpage can be found here, detailing the Group's activities and relevant documents. Links are also to dedicated the sub-group on hate speech online and the sub-group on methodologies on recording and data collection of hate crime.

10 years on and looking to the future

While it is important to mark the 10 year anniversary of the EU’s Fundamental Rights Agency, there are real and growing threats to the achievements that have been made over the years. Ulrike Lunacek, European Parliament Vice President, said FRA was a “unique provider of comparative landmark studies.” As an example, leaders of Jewish organisations, including CEJI, participated in a meeting in Vienna on the 6th March planning a 2nd survey on perceptions of antisemitism.

Practice guide for restorative justice services

The European Forum for Restorative Justice published its guide for restorative justice services on the occasion of the expert seminar held on 23 February 2017 in Brussels about the implementation of the Victims’ Directive. A briefing paper on the Regulation of Restorative Justice in the Directive 2012/29/EU  was also published.

Call for Submissions: 2016 Hate Incidents

ODIHR is preparing their annual hate crime data and encourages civil society to submit hate incidents. Every year on 16 November, International Tolerance Day, ODIHR releases its data on hate crimes and hate incidents. Information provided by civil society is essential to the reporting, as it complements official data submitted by participating States.

Counter-Terrorism

Europol coordinates joint action day to flag online terrorist content

1 212 pieces of terrorist and violent extremist online content in seven different languages have been assessed for the purpose of referral to online platforms during a two-day concerted action coordinated by Europol, in collaboration with representatives from Italy, Latvia, Spain, Switzerland, and the UK. The team consisted of specialists, analysts, translators and counter-terrorism experts.

CEJI news

Exhibition: Dessins Assassins

CEJI is proud to be a partner for the exhibition Dessins Assassins which will open on 22nd March at the Memorial of Caen in France. On this occasion, the Auschwitz Foundation - Remembrance of Auschwitz in Brussels will organise a conference on the topic "The Shoah in Belgium".

International Holocaust Remembrance Day video includes CEJI board member

The European Jewish Congress published their video on the International Holocaust Remembrance Day Ceremony organised together with the European Commission on 25th January 2017. CEJI board member Baron Julien Klener is included in the video.

Community News

Residents oppose the location of Jewish museum in Lisbon

The building, whose design features a façade with a large Star of David, “breaks with the neighborhood’s tradition,” said Maria de Lurdes Pinheiro, a spokesperson for the residents association. Ester Mucznik, the former vice president of the Jewish Community of Lisbon, in 2016 said Alfama and Sao Miguel Square were “symbolic” choices for a Jewish museum because of their proximity to Lisbon’s historical Jewish neighborhood.

Shoah survivor launches charity honouring those who saved Jews

Lili Pohlmann, who was saved by a German woman and the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, is now honorary president of the new charity Learning from the Righteous. The educational initiative uses workshops and learning to encourage children to reflect on the heroism of those who sheltered Jews during the Holocaust.

Stories for Swedish Jewish youth

Jeumag interviewed Samuel Adler, the Jewish Studies and English teacher at the Hillel School in Stockholm. His first publication, an unusual children’s book just got published in Sweden: ‘Trappsteg 36’ (‘Step no. 36’), is a collection of 19 Jewish children’s short stories.

Lessons from Sarajevo's Jewish refugees

The author I traveled to Zagreb in 1992 to help displaced persons fleeing Bosnia and Herzegovina.  In November 1992, Sarajevo had been under siege for months already when Jews were caught in the crossfire - but they were neither the target nor the scapegoat. More than 3,000 Jews were evacuated through the joint forces of JDC and the local community.

Education

Interreligious understanding today

"As we live in an age of increasing plurality but also instability, the need for interreligious understanding, which is grounded on solid academic research and in touch with the realities of interreligious encounter, is greater than ever." The Woolf Institute offers a multidisciplinary online course that engages religious studies and sociological, historical and philosophical approaches. The closing date for applications is 17 March 2017. For further information and to apply, click here.

Call for Applications: Global Minority Rights Summer School 2017

Applications are now open for the Global Minority Rights Summer School 2017: Interrogating Populism from the Perspectives of Vulnerable Minorities. The course will take place in Budapest, Hungary on 17-22 July 2017. Application deadline: 20 March. For more information about the program and application, click here.

Opportunities

Consultancy opportunity: drafting education policy guidelines to address antisemitism

The OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights is looking for an Expert/Drafter of Educational Policy Guidelines, “Turning words into action to address antisemitism” project in Warsaw.  Application deadline: 21st March. For more information about the position, click here

Research

Different Antisemitisms: perceptions and experiences of antisemitism among Jews in Sweden and across Europe

This study of the Institute of Jewish Policy Research explores the character of antisemitism in contemporary Europe. It presents some perspectives on the development of three distinct types of antisemitism, which, the authors argue, are empirically different from each other. Their findings indicate that each type is based on a particular underlying philosophy, is held by sociologically distinct groups of people, and is manifested in different ways.

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