Among the issues to be addressed in the framework of the dialogue will be the attack on the Jewish Museum in Brussels and the jihadist threat to Jewish communities; the rise in antisemitism within the European Union; the growth of antisemitism on Internet; and the initiatives to ban kosher slaughter and male circumcision.
The 8th Seminar on Combating Racism, Xenophobia and Antisemitism of the State of Israel and the European Commission will take place in Jerusalem on October 27-28, 2014.
Among the issues to be addressed in the framework of the dialogue will be the attack on the Jewish Museum in Brussels and the jihadist threat to Jewish communities in Europe; the rise in antisemitism within the European Union; the growth of antisemitism on Internet and methods of dealing with it; and the initiatives to ban kosher slaughter and male circumcision in Europe. Among other issues to be discussed are education to preserve the memory of the Holocaust, promote tolerance and oppose antisemitism, as well as the encouragement of inter-religious dialogue as a tool to combat racism and antisemitism. The plans for the upcoming 5th Conference of the Global Forum for Combating Antisemitism to be held from May 12-14, 2015 in Jerusalem will also be presented.
The second day of the seminar will be devoted to meetings at Yad Vashem, with Members of Knesset, and with Supreme Court Justice Elyakim Rubinstein.
The Israeli delegation will be headed by Akiva Tor, Head of the Bureau of World Jewish Affairs and World Religions, and Ambassador Gideon Behar, Director of the Department for Combating Antisemitism. Other participants will include experts from Yad Vashem, the State Attorney’s office, and the National Union of Israeli Students.
The European Commission delegation will be headed by Ambassador Lars Faaborg-Andersen – Head of Delegation of the European Union to Israel, and Chiara Adamo, Head the Fundamental Rights and Rights of the Child Unit of the European Commission, as well as senior diplomats and officials involved in the issues of antisemitism and racism.
The seminar will be opened by Ambassador Yuval Rotem, Senior Deputy Director General for Public Diplomacy of the Israel Foreign Ministry.