Jewish organization brings politicians to Auschwitz to highlight importance of education in fight against anti-Semitism
The European Jewish Association (EJA), an organization that represents Jewish communities across Europe, will bring together around 130 Jewish politicians and leaders from across Europe and abroad in Krakow for a symposium on the importance of education in the fight against anti-Semitism which will be followed by a visit to the former death camps of Auschwitz-Birkenau.
The dates for this event were chosen in light of the commemoration of Kristallnacht or Night of Broken Glass on the night of November 9e-tene In 1938, the Nazis organized the murder of Jews, they vandalized thousands of Jewish-owned businesses, smashed glass in storefronts, and burned 1,400 synagogues and Jewish institutions.
The symposium will address the priority need for Holocaust education in Europe, as well as a broader analysis of the issues involved in securing a future for Jewish communities in Europe.
Jews across Europe are deeply concerned about the rise of anti-Semitism across the continent. A recent survey has shown how deep anti-Semitic prejudices are present among the population of several European countries. “The matter is very urgent and it is time to act,” says the European Jewish Association.
Among the personalities who will participate in the delegation are the Vice-President of the European Parliament Roberta Metsola, the British Minister of Education Nadhim Zahawi, the Moroccan Minister of Culture and Youth Mohamed Mehdi Bensaid, the Greek Minister of Justice Konstantinos Tsiaras, the Polish Secretary of State in the Chancellery of the President of Poland, Wojciech Kolarski, as well as dozens of parliamentarians from Western and Eastern Europe.
The delegation’s program includes concrete suggestions for educational projects related not only to the memory of the Holocaust but also to the positive role played by the Jewish people throughout history at the national and continental level in areas such as ethics. , values, science, the arts and medicine. The role of social media in this context will also be discussed.
At a gala dinner, the King David Prize will be presented to Italian police chief Lamberto Giannini for his role in protecting Jewish communities in his country and fighting far-right extremism.
On Tuesday, in the Auschwitz-Birkenau camps, a commemorative ceremony will take place with prayers by Dutch Chief Rabbi Binyomin Jacobs and the lighting of candles.
The ceremony will be followed by the laying of wreaths at the Wall of Death by the delegations of each country represented.
The European Jewish Association will once again urge European lawmakers to adopt its 10-point plan to end anti-Semitism. They are:
1.Encourage and emphasize to Member States that safeguarding the right of Jews in the EU to practice religious customs is a fundamental right of the EU.
2.Promote educational initiatives on national programs emphasizing that anti-Semitism has no place in a modern and tolerant Europe
3. Allocate the EU budget and encourage member states to set aside a budget for the maintenance and support of Jewish educational institutions and places of learning.
4.Encourage member states to support the security of Jewish institutions and buildings and increase this support in times of heightened tensions.
5. Pressure social media companies to act faster and more decisively against hate speech by imposing punitive and severe financial penalties when such content persists.
6. Member States should eradicate and / or ban NGOs or other associated groups that promote, support or condone anti-Semitism as defined by the IHRA.
7. EU funding: conditionality on commitments to fight racism, anti-Semitism and discrimination.
8. Countries that have not yet appointed a special envoy to fight anti-Semitism to do so, and in addition to setting up an official committee to monitor and fight against anti-Semitism in national parliaments.
9. BDS: legal guarantees against BDS at European and national level.
10. Prohibit the sale of Nazi memorabilia at auctions and on websites to individuals or entities that are not directly involved in educational institutions such as universities or museums.