European Union Unveils Strategy Against Growing Anti-Jewish Movement

The European Union on Tuesday announced a comprehensive plan to counter the continent’s growing anti-Semitic movement.

The planned plan involved the use of three strategies, including combating hate speech or hate speech and crimes against Jews, protecting Jewish culture, and educating the public about the teachings of Judaism.

The executive branch of the European Union, the European Commission, introduced the plan at a press conference in Strasbourg, France.

Masa attends a demonstration at the Place de la Republique in Paris, France, on February 19, 2019, to protest against the country's rising anti-Semitism movement.  (Photo: Reuters/Philippe Wojazer)

Masa attends a demonstration at the Place de la Republique in Paris, France, on February 19, 2019, to protest against the country’s rising anti-Semitism movement. (Photo: Reuters/Philippe Wojazer)

In a statement, the commission said the anti-Jewish movement in Europe and other parts of the world was increasing and was worrying.

Citing figures from the European Union’s Agency for Fundamental Rights, 90 percent of Jews say anti-Jewish movements have increased in their country, and consider the problem quite serious. Meanwhile, 38 percent of Jews are considering immigrating because they feel unsafe in European Union territory.

Under the newly announced plan, which will be implemented over the next decade, the European Commission will use EU funds to support their member states in developing their own national strategies to combat hate speech on the internet and elsewhere, and introduce fundamental rights.

Speaking to the media about the plan, the European Union Commission’s Vice-President for the Promotion of Lifestyle, Margaritis Schinas, said “the anti-Jewish movement is not a Jewish problem and fighting it is a shared responsibility. I reiterate that the anti-Jewish movement is incompatible with the values ​​upheld by the European Union.” (jm / em)

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