Last week, the Community Security Trust released its annual report on hate crimes against Jews in 2016. It found a record high of antisemitic incidents in Britain, with no discernible reason for this spike.In response to the release of this report, Baroness Jenny Tonge asked rhetorically if it had been considered that hate crimes committed against Jews were because of Israeli government actions – and suggested that if the Jewish community spoke up against Israel it would lessen the amount of hate crimes.
"If you are not ready today, you will be even less so tomorrow," wrote the Roman author Publius Ovidius Naso.This adage is appearing more and more as an unfortunate prophecy of the situation facing Europe in its efforts to defend the continent against the growing threat of violent radical Islamism in the 21st Century.
Umbrella group praises voters for "rejecting populism and extremism."
The European Jewish Congress (EJC) on Thursday praised Dutch voters "for rejecting populism and extremism" after Prime Minister Mark Rutte's center-right party beat Geert Wilders far-right one.
“Prime Minister Rutte expressed before the elections that a populist ‘domino effect’ was taking place across the globe,” EJC President Dr. Moshe Kantor said. “However, we hope that this electoral victory will begin the reverse, a ‘domino effect’ of mainstream parties pushing back against extremism and populism.”
France's Jewish community has faced several radical Islamist attacks in recent year
A French teenager inspired by the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) has been sentenced to seven years in jail for attempting to murder a Jewish teacher.
The attack should alert authorities and force them to take more stringent protection measures for France’s Jewish community, the largest in Europe, according to Moshe Kantor, president of the European Jewish Congress.
One of the biggest Jewish schools in east London will not be leaving Redbridge, an internal review has concluded.There had been rumours that Kantor King Solomon High School, in Forest Road, Barkingside, was considering relocating out of the borough, but a report published after a two month consultation has now ruled out such a move.
Kantor King Solomon High School in Essex has rejected the option of relocating to north-west London after a review into its future commissioned by governors.Following extensive UJIA consultations with the local community, the review concluded that the idea of relocating was “universally rejected. It would be a disaster and the final nail in the coffin for the community.”
The United States has historically taken a firm lead on managing threats from Pyongyang, and the presence of US vice president Mike Pence and defence secretary James Mattis in Munich positions them as the barometer to gauge how Kim Jong-un’s nuclear programme can be halted before it is too late.
Moshe Kantor, head of the European Jewish Congress met the Catholic leader on International Holocaust Remembrance DayA European Jewish leader has told the Pope that there should be a “reaffirmation” of the principles that bind Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
European Jewish Congress leader Moshe Kantor has warned on making judgements about individuals based on their country of origin, race, colour or gender amid the furore over Donald Trump's decision to ban Muslims from seven Middle Eastern countries from the US.
”Kantor gave the Pope a book with a description of all Jewish communities in Europe. He proposed to the Pope to do an exhibit of his art collection in the Vatican, and he also brought him a special decorated Jewish Blessing for the Home.
As President of the European Jewish Congress, a federation of Jewish communities across Europe, I have warned of the dangers of failing to tackle hate crime effectively. The latest crime figures, published today, show an average 1,200 hate crimes are committed every week and there are big increases in online crime. The only people who benefit from the promotion of incitement to violence and the culture of conspiracy theories are extremists, whether it’s the far-right, far-left or ISIS recruiters.
Leaders are warning that Europe is once again plagued by a "hated of Jews."The European Parliament in Brussels held its annual commemoration remembering the 6 million Jews who perished during the Holocaust. This year on International Holocaust Remembrance day, the speakers noted with dismay that Europe "is experiencing a troubling rise in anti-Semitism."
Dr Moshe Kantor drew parallels between the political situation now and in the 1930s. ‘Not standing up to this prejudice leads us down a dark path.’The recent rise in hate crime has “parallels with the darkest days of the 1930s”, the head of a body representing Europe’s Jews has warned.
The ceremony was organised by the European Jewish Congress (EJC) whose President Moshe Kantor warned that “Europe is danger”.
“We must not ask for whom the bell rings – the bell rings for all Europeans,” Kantor said.
‘’Jews are a target both for the far-right and far-left as well as of extremist islamists.’’
“Today, young generations have doubts about their future in Europe,’’ Kantor said.