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EU puts out strategy paper for addressing rising antisemitism

A picture taken on February 19, 2019, shows swastikas painted on graves at a Jewish cemetery in the French town of Quatzenheim close to the German border (Frederick Florin/AFP)
Illustrative: A picture taken on February 19, 2019, shows swastikas painted on graves at a Jewish cemetery in the French town of Quatzenheim close to the German border (Frederick Florin/AFP)

The European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, releases a strategy paper on “Combating Antisemitism and Fostering Jewish Life” among the bloc’s member states.

“Antisemitism is incompatible with Europe’s core values. It represents a threat not only to Jewish communities and to Jewish life, but to an open and diverse society, to democracy and the European way of life. The European Union is determined to put an end to it,” the paper declares.

Noting rising antisemitic attacks in recent years and a drop in the EU’s Jewish population, the paper states the EU is “determined to significantly step up the fight against antisemitism” and that the strategy will rest on three pillars: Preventing and combating all forms of antisemitism; protecting and fostering Jewish life in the EU; and education, research and Holocaust remembrance.

“This strategy also seeks to place the EU firmly in the lead of the global fight against antisemitism,” the paper says.

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