Commission presents its response to Antisemitism and a survey showing Antisemitism is on the rise in the EU

Antisemetism 2018

UN Photo/Loey Felipe Nickolay Mladenov, UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process.

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission.


Today, the Commission responds to a new survey by the EU Fundamental Rights Agency which finds that 9 out of 10 European Jews feel Antisemitism has increased over the past five years.

The results of the EU Fundamental Rights Agency’s latest survey on Antisemitism are particularly worrying: 85% of European Jews consider Antisemitism to be the biggest social or political problem in their home country. Other figures, amongst others, show that Antisemitism is pervasive and is having an impact on the daily lives of European Jews throughout the EU:

  •          89% of Jews think Antisemitism is most problematic on the internet and on social media;
  •          28% of respondents have been harassed at least once in the past year;
  •          79% of Jews who experienced antisemitic harassment in the past five years did not report this to the police or another organisation;
  •          34% avoid visiting Jewish events or sites because they do not feel safe;
  •          38% have considered emigrating because they did not feel safe as Jews in Europe;
  •          70% consider that efforts by Member States to combat Antisemitism are not effective.

First Vice- President Frans Timmermans said: “I’m deeply concerned about the growth of antisemitism as concluded by the report of the Fundamental Rights Agency. It is essential that we combat this scourge forcefully and collectively. The Jewish community must feel safe and at home in Europe. If we cannot achieve this, Europe ceases to be Europe.”

Věra Jourová, European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, added:“70 years after the Holocaust, I am deeply saddened that 9 out of 10 Jews in Europe say that Antisemitism has increased over the past five years. The Jewish community should feel at home and safe in Europe, whether they are on the way to the synagogue or surfing online. The Commission is acting together with Member States to counter the rise of Antisemitism, to fight holocaust denial and to guarantee that Jews have the full support of the authorities to keep them safe.”

The results of today’s survey confirm the importance of the work the European Commission has been doing, and is continuing to do, to counter Antisemitism. 

Commission’s response to Antisemitism

In response to rising Antisemitism, the Commission appointed in 2015 a Coordinator on combating Antisemitism to liaise with Jewish communities and to strengthen cooperation with organisations working in that field.

The increase of Antisemitism in Europe is particularly worrying in the online sphere, as today’s study shows. Since 2016 the Commission has worked intensively to tackle this challenge with the Code of Conduct on illegal online hate speech. Major IT-companies (Twitter, YouTube, Facebook and Microsoft) have agreed to review illegal hate speech flagged to them within 24 hours and remove it where necessary. In the course of 2018, Instagram, Google+, Snapchat and Dailymotion also joined the Code of Conduct. The results of this action will again be evaluated early next year. More recently, the Commission proposed a legislation to ensure that online terrorist content is removed within one hour following a removal order from the national competent authorities.

In June 2016, the European Commission also launched the High Level Group on combating Racism, Xenophobia and other forms of Intolerance to step up cooperation and coordination, to better prevent and combat hate crime and hate speech.  It brings together all 28 EU Member States, international organisations and civil society organisations. Through this network, the Commission is working on addressing the underreporting issue by improving standards for recording hate crime.

In 2016 the Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, of which 25 EU countries are members, adopted a definition on Antisemitism, which has become the basis of our work. On 29 November 2018, the EU acquired a Permanent International Partnership with the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance. The participation of the EU in this international body will allow for closer cooperation on combating Holocaust denial and preventing racism, xenophobia and Antisemitism.

However, the obligation to protect EU citizens lies first and foremost with the Member States themselves. In that light it is important to note that on 6 December 2018, all EU countries unanimously adopted a “Declaration on the fight against Antisemitism and the development of a common security approach to better protect Jewish communities and institutions in Europe” which is an important signal showing that the EU and each of its Member States stand side by side with the Jewish community to guarantee their safety and well-being. Member States are also called to use the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of Antisemitism as a guidance tool, which would be an important step in the fight against Antisemitism.

Background

The European Commission tasked the EU Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) to conduct a survey on the experiences of the Jewish community with Antisemitism. With over 16,300 respondents in the 12 countries (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom) home to 96% of European Jews, this is the largest ever survey of its type.

On the occasion of International Human Rights Day, Commissioner Jourová will present this afternoon the results of the survey at an event in the Council gathering representatives of Jewish communities and organisations, policy makers of the Member States, as well as representatives of civil society and the media and experts on the fight against racism and discrimination. The presentation of the results of the survey will be followed by a panel debate with Jewish community representatives from institutions.

the sting Milestones

Featured Stings

Can we feed everyone without unleashing disaster? Read on

These campaigners want to give a quarter of the UK back to nature

How to build a more resilient and inclusive global system

Stopping antimicrobial resistance would cost just USD 2 per person a year

Obesity rates soar due to dramatic global diet shift, says UN food agency

Which countries get the most sleep – and how much do we really need?

EU mobilises emergency assistance following floods in Ukraine

Change is happening – and young people are leading the way forward

Women must have an equal share in politics, say MEPs and national MPs

Making the move to more sustainable mobility – three steps for companies

How Europe’s science offers hope in tackling the climate emergency

The EU Commission by serving the banks offers poor support to European mainstream political parties

Creating shared value: an opportunity and challenge for entrepreneurship

May led Britain to chaos, now looks for way out with unpredictable DUP

Why maps matter in our response to COVID-19

A record one million Syrians displaced over six months, during six key battles: UN investigators

American negotiators can’t pay for their trip to Brussels, EU-US trade agreement freezes

We need to protect 30% of the planet by 2030. This is how we can do it

The Commission calls for a climate neutral Europe by 2050*

Negotiations on new EU collective redress rules to begin

How to unleash the enormous power of global healthcare data

EYE to kick off on Friday: 8000+ young people discussing the future of Europe 1 – 2 June

On Kristallnacht anniversary, UN chief urges renewed fight against ‘crime’ of anti-Semitism

At last Britain considers a super-soft Brexit

A Sting Exclusive: “Europe must be more ambitious in COP21 and lead on climate finance and sustainable development”, Green UK MEP Jean Lambert points out from Brussels

UN must bring more women police officers into the fold to be effective – UN peacekeeping official

This simple solution might help with one of the biggest challenges of working from home

Consumer protection: Commission revises EU rules on product safety and consumer credit

Libya’s migrants and refugees with tuberculosis ‘left to die’ in detention centres

How Europe’s green tech ‘scale-ups’ can help tackle climate change

Eurozone’s credibility rock solid

Coronavirus: Commission unveils EU vaccines strategy

#TwitterisblockedinTurkey and so is Erdogan

This is why attractive cities do better economically

Global hunger is on the rise. These simple steps could help eradicate it

UN General Assembly celebrates 20 years of promoting a culture of peace

UN chief seeking ‘renewed commitment’ to global rules and values, as world leaders head to New York

EU founding values: Commission starts legal action against Hungary and Poland for violations of fundamental rights of LGBTIQ people

This wristband tells you what food to buy based on your DNA

Disillusioned young people – France thinks it has a solution

New El Salvador law, a victory for forced displacement victims: UN refugee agency

Look no hands: self-driving vehicles’ public trust problem

GSMA Mobile 360 – Africa: Rise of the Digital Citizen, Kigali 16 – 18 July 2019, in association with The European Sting

Is there a way out of the next financial crisis? Can more printed money or austerity save us all?

Do we really understand the value of independent journalism?

The EU bows to Turkey in view of the talks for a political settlement in Syria

Syria: Why did the US-Russia brokered ceasefire collapse? What does the duo care for?

Coronavirus in Brazil: mental health in tragedy

The technologies – and thoughtful collaborations – that can build resilience in the food system after COVID-19

Union of Equality: European Commission presents Strategy for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities 2021-2030

Politics is failing to protect the Amazon. It’s time for finance to step up instead

To save biodiversity, MEPs call for binding targets at global and EU level

Visa-free access to the EU for UK nationals and to the UK for EU nationals

Teenagers’ career expectations narrowing to limited range of jobs, OECD PISA report finds

The new era of Matriarchy?

EU solidarity in action: Commission proposes €86.7 million for the recent natural disasters in France and Greece

African cities will double in population by 2050. Here are 4 ways to make sure they thrive

How to stay in shape and step up support for refugees

Elections in Britain may reserve a surprise for May’s Tories

19th EU-China Summit: A historical advance in the Chino-European rapprochement

International community urged to deliver on promise for better future for Bosnia and Herzegovina

Grexit no longer a threat but how to manage a “tutti frutti” government if not with fear?

What is blockchain and what can it do?

The world needs a grand coalition to tackle climate change

More Stings?

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s