A highlight of this upcoming 2013 Conference in Jerusalem, will be the convening of 10 working groups that will deliberate and formulate concrete action plans on the second day of the conference (29 May).
The Global Forum for Combating Antisemitism (GFCA) is an active and worldwide alliance of statesmen, parliamentarians, diplomats, journalists, legal experts, NGO’s and scholars led by the State of Israel. Our goal is to fight the growing expressions of antisemitism and other forms of racism as they manifest themselves around the world. We do so by learning best practices from experts and practitioners in the field, thus enabling us to fight current trends and prepare for future developments.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is currently planning the 4th International Conference of the Global Forum for Combating Antisemitism, to take place in Jerusalem on 28-30 May 2013.
Diaspora Affairs and Public Diplomacy Minister Yuli Edelstein (Photo: MFA)
Deputy FM Ayalon and ODIHR Director Lenarcic sign agreement to fight antisemitism and Holocaust denial, July 2010 (Photo: MFA)
FM Avigdor Liberman addresses the opening of the 2009 conference (Photo: MFA)
The last international conference, held in December 2009, drew hundreds of leaders and experts from all over the world to Jerusalem. Participants addressed global antisemitism and discussed effective approaches to combat it.
Since its inception in 2000, the Global Forum has developed into one of the largest international Jewish bodies to focus on coordinated efforts to combat antisemitism. The 2009 conference included in-depth sessions focused on a wide variety of issues related to antisemitism ranging from it spreading online to trends in Central and Eastern Europe. The upcoming conference will continue to build on past successes, developing new ideas that will be incorporated into the future policies we need to continue to combat the growing threats of an evolving and strengthening antisemitism.
Over the millennia, antisemitism has taken on many forms. To confront this ever changing, dynamic antisemitism, in addition to other, more ‘classic’ forms of antisemitism, the GFCA and its International Conference has become an absolute necessity, and is now one of the leading international bodies coordinating efforts to counter global antisemitism.
Former ministers Natan Sharansky and Rabbi Michael Melchior established the GFCA in 2000. It has since been consolidated by the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, through its Department for Combating Antisemitism. The GFCA’s first large International Conference took place in 2007, followed by two more in 2008 and 2009. The GFCA has been co-chaired by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the Minister for Diaspora and Public Diplomacy – a move that indicates the high priority that successive governments of the State of Israel attach to combating and eradicating global antisemitism.
The GFCA convenes periodically at its international conference, which provides an opportunity to come together, exchange ideas and formulate effective, coordinated and wide-ranging strategies for dealing with the antisemitism that plagues our global society.
During the 2008 GFCA International Conference, it was first announced that an inter-parliamentary body was to be established where parliamentarians can share knowledge, experience, best practices, and recommendations in an attempt to deal more effectively with contemporary antisemitism. As a successful result, in early 2009, the Inter-parliamentary Coalition for Combating Antisemitism (ICCA) was convened in London for the first time under the auspices of the British parliament.
A highlight of this upcoming 2013 Conference, will be the convening of 10 working groups that will deliberate and formulate concrete action plans on the second day of the conference (29 May).
The topics of the 10 working groups are:
- Antisemitism in the Muslim and Arab World
- Antisemitism in Latin America
- Antisemitism in the Former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe region
- Antisemitism in the EU and Western Europe region
- Antisemitism in the Guise of Delegitimization and Anti-Zionism
- Antisemitism in the Internet and in the Media
- Law, Legislation and Enforcement in the Combat of Antisemitism
- Inter Faith Dialogue as an instrument to mitigate Antisemitism
- Maintaining continuance of Diaspora Jewish Life (Kosher slaughter; Circumcision etc.)
- Antisemitism on the campuses and Education for Tolerance and Mutual Respect
In several weeks we will be sending out invitations for this conference (the conference is for invitees only). This invitation will include a link to a digital registration for the conference. Upon receiving the invitation, we request interested participants to please register for both the conference as well as the specific working group they would like to participate in.
For more information you may write to: Global.Forum@mfa.gov.il
Note: Invitees will be expected to independently arrange and bear the costs of their flights, travel, and accommodation. Main meals will be provided by the organizers.