Both Israel and the EU assign great importance to this seminar, which reflects the common struggle against the scourges of antisemitism and xenophobia in Europe.

 Annual Israel-EU seminar on the fight against antisemitism and xenophobia

 

(Communicated by the Mission of Israel to the EU)

The fifth annual seminar on the fight against antisemitism and xenophobia convened in Brussels on Wednesday, October 26, 2011, bringing together experts and diplomats from both Israel and the European Union.

Topics discussed in the two-day seminar included educating against antisemitism and racism, legislation and enforcement as well as the prevention of antisemitic and racist phenomena in the media. These discussions were aimed at helping policy-makers adopt efficient mechanisms and measures against these phenomena.

Both Israel and the EU assign great importance to this seminar, which reflects the common struggle against the scourges of antisemitism and xenophobia in Europe. The EU was represented by Mr. Paul Nemitz, Director of the Fundamental Rights and Citizenship unit in the European Commission as well as Mr. Emmanuel Crabit head of the unit for Fundamental Rights and Rights of the Child. The Israeli side was represented by the Ambassador of Israel to the EU, Mr. Yacov Hadas-Handelsman, as well as the Director of the Department for Combating Anti-Semitism in the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Gideon Behar, representatives of Yad-Vashem, the world center for Holocaust education and research, and Israeli academics.

The meeting’s host, Mr. Nemitz, cited the already existing European legislation against xenophobia and racism, and stressed the need to combat antisemitism. Ambassador Hadas-Handelsman emphasized that today the difference between antisemitism and anti-Israeli criticism has become blurred, along with intensifying attempts to delegitimize Israel. He added that Europe should act decisively against these phenomena, and this seminar is an example of such an activity.