A Jewish cemetery desecrated in Budapest, in 2014

EU unveils strategy to tackle rising anti-Semitism in Europe

Under the plan, continental bloc will fund Europe-wide network to help remove online hate speech and better protect public spaces and places of worship to help Jewish people feel safer

Associated Press |
Published: 10.05.21, 22:13
The European Union unveiled Tuesday a new strategy to combat growing anti-Semitism in Europe with plans to better tackle hate speech, raise awareness about Jewish life, protect places of worship and ensure that the Holocaust isn't forgotten.
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  • According to Europe's Fundamental Rights Agency, nine out of 10 Jews consider that anti-Semitism has increased in their country and is a serious problem. More than one in three people have considered emigrating to escape the abuse.
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    A Jewish cemetery desecrated in Budapest, in 2014
    A Jewish cemetery desecrated in Budapest, in 2014
    A Jewish cemetery desecrated in Budapest, in 2014
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    The EU's executive branch, the European Commission, said it was presenting what amounts to the first strategy of its kind given the "persistence and a significant increase of anti-Semitic incidents" around the 27-country bloc.
    Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said that "the strategy we are presenting today is a step-change in how we respond to anti-Semitism. Europe can only prosper when its Jewish communities feel safe and prosper."
    Under the plan, which will be rolled out over this decade, the commission will use EU funds to support member countries as they develop their own national strategies and complement their actions.
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    Men from the CST and Shomrim security units detain the alleged attacker of a Jewish man in his car in London, May 21, 2021
    Men from the CST and Shomrim security units detain the alleged attacker of a Jewish man in his car in London, May 21, 2021
    Men detain an alleged attacker of a Jewish man in his car in London, May 21, 2021
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    The aim is to set up a Europe-wide network of "trusted flaggers" along with Jewish organizations to help remove illegal online hate speech. Brussels will also work with industry and IT companies to prevent the illegal display and sale of Nazi-related symbols, memorabilia and literature online.
    Funding will be provided to better protect public spaces and places of worship to help Jewish people feel safer, with 24 million euros ($28 million) available already next year. Other steps will be taken to safeguard Jewish heritage, and raise awareness about Jewish culture, life and traditions.
    One in 20 Europeans has never heard of the Holocaust, so the commission also wants to try to keep memory of the genocide alive by creating a network of sites "where the Holocaust happened" in cooperation with local communities.
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    פריז צרפת הפגנה נגד הצגת תעודת מתחסן
    פריז צרפת הפגנה נגד הצגת תעודת מתחסן
    Anti-health pass protestor in Paris holding a yellow Star of David
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    About 6 million European Jews and millions of other people were killed by the Nazis and their collaborators during World War II.
    Another focus of the plan is to ensure that EU aid and development funds that go abroad cannot be used for activities that might incite hatred and violence against the Jewish people.
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