The European Commission Expresses Concern Over Rising Anti-Semitism in Europe

Brussels, November 6, 2023 – The European Commission has issued a statement expressing deep concern over the resurgence of fear among Jewish communities in Europe. This rise in fear is attributed to the alarming increase in anti-Semitic incidents following the recent outbreak of hostilities between Israel and the radical Palestinian movement Hamas in the Gaza Strip. The Commission has identified these incidents as harbingers of a dark historical context and has pledged its support for the affected Jewish communities.

“The recent surge in anti-Semitic incidents across Europe has reached unprecedented levels, reminiscent of some of the darkest times in history. Today, European Jews are once again living in fear,” emphasized the European Commission.

The Commission highlighted specific recent attacks that have occurred in various European countries, including Molotov cocktails being thrown at a synagogue in Germany, the display of Jewish stars on buildings in France, the desecration of a Jewish cemetery in Austria, and assaults on Jewish shops and synagogues in Spain. These incidents represent a worrying trend that threatens the safety and well-being of Jewish communities across Europe.

The European Commission firmly condemns these anti-Semitic acts and views them as a direct contradiction to the fundamental values and way of life cherished by Europeans. Such actions run counter to the social model that the entire European Union represents, one founded on principles of diversity, tolerance, and respect for the rights of all minority groups.

The Commission further pledged its unwavering solidarity with Jewish communities throughout Europe during these challenging times. It remains committed to upholding the rights and safety of all minority groups within the European Union and will work to combat anti-Semitism and promote tolerance and inclusivity.

This statement by the European Commission underscores the gravity of the situation and the need for concerted efforts to address and combat the resurgence of anti-Semitism in Europe. It serves as a call to action for governments, civil society, and individuals to work together to eradicate hatred and discrimination in all its forms.

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