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EU Strategy on Combating Antisemitism and Fostering Jewish Life

(October 5, 2021)

Addressing anti-Semitism is a complex challenge. Its multi-faceted manifestations and its prevalence across the social and political spectrum call for a comprehensive response, ranging from a solid legal framework that is properly enforced, to security aspects, to education and inclusion policies, to name a few.

The Commission will therefore take the fight against anti-Semitism systematically into consideration when developing policies, legislation and funding programs, and invites other EU institutions to cooperate on strengthening mainstreaming tools and practices. In addition, Member States have already committed to prevent and fight all forms of anti-Semitism through new national strategies, or measures under existing national strategies and/or action plans on preventing racism, xenophobia, radicalization and violent extremism. To have an impact, these strategies need to include targeted actions and be supported with the appropriate funding. The adoption of the IHRA definition and the appointment of special envoys or coordinators by all Member States are also necessary steps for effective action at national level.

A reinforced involvement of civil society organizations and Jewish communities is key for the strategy to be successful. The Commission aims to enhance active cooperation with them and provide financial support for initiatives in all areas covered by the strategy.

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Source: EU Strategy on Combating Antisemitism and Fostering Jewish Life (2021-2030), European Commission, (October 5, 2021).