As the number of anti-Jewish incidents logged in many EU Countries hits record highs, the European Jewish Association (EJA), joined forces with the largest federation of France’s Jewish communities and organizations, the Consistoire Central, the newly-founded Action and Protection League of Europe (APLE), and the World Zionist Organization (WZO), for a major two-day conference in Paris.
Ministers, parliamentarians and policy-makers as well as diplomats from across Europe directly engaged with leaders of European Jewish communities and organizations to spearhead a sustainable end to Antisemitism.
The Conference took place in the newly inaugurated European Centre for Judaism in Place Jerusalem, Paris, amid a time of growing worry for Jews across the continent, who once again find themselves in the frontline as xenophobia, populism and nationalism take stronger root.
EJA Chairman Rabbi Menachem Margolin, speaking at the conference said, “We of course welcome the many recent statements and speeches from those in power, but what we need is concrete action. “When your boat has a hole in it, you don’t just shout at the hole. Our conference aims to block the hole, not just for Jews but for everyone in Europe. We must remember that antisemitism starts with the Jews, but it infects society as a whole. Therefore, fighting antisemitism should not just be left to the Jews, but requires everyone in society, especially political leaders, to man the barricades against it. This conference is our Europe-wide call to action.”
The EJA conference tacked security, education, antizionism as the new antisemitism, the importance of bringing youth forwards and the establishment of a forum of Jewish leaders to liaise and lobby political leaders across the EU.