EU rejects setting up task force on antisemitism

The reason it was rejected is because they know what the problem is and who is causing it. The last thing they want to do is to deal with it.

See also: France’s Anti-Semitic Nightmare

An increase in Muslim immigration, however, is a disaster for any struggle against anti-Semitism, as Jew hatred is highest among French Muslims. Many arrive in France from North African and other Islamic countries already possessing a strong hatred for Jews.

By Pamela Geller, Atlas Shrugged


“I am afraid that it will be interpreted by more than just a handful of people as a wink that hating Jews is, sort of, acceptable.” Absolutely right. Europe is so desperate to appease its Muslims that it is descending into the darkness of Jew-hatred yet again.

Antisemitic attacks have doubled in France. Jewish school children in Denmark can’t play outside in their schoolyards. Jewish Day Schools in Europe are fortresses. There will be a mass emigration to Israel and even the US. But how long will the US be safe? A Rabbi was shot dead in cold blood in Miami. A Jewish couple walking on the Upper East Side of Manhattan were attacked by Muslims with annihilationist “Palestinian” flags. In California, pro-Israel supporters were attack with clubs at a rally.

Six decades ago, over half of the Jewish population of the world was wiped out in Europe, and this is the Jews’ plight in Europe today: European authorities give their tacit approval to Jew-hatred.

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“Anger simmers as EU Parliament shoots down anti-­Semitism task-force,” by Sam Sokol, Jerusalem Post, December 22, 2014:

Jewish organizations reacted harshly to last week’s failure by the European Parliament to establish a task force on anti-Semitism despite initial support by a significant number of legislators.

Last week the Jewish Chronicle reported that over 100 MEPs had expressed their support for such a body, which would deal with the precipitous rise in Jew-hatred across the continent in recent years.

While a task force dealing with racism and diversity in a general sense was established, Jewish leaders this week indicated that they believe it will prove insufficient in dealing with Europe’s rise in anti-Semitism.

“Anti-Semitism is an abomination which has been around for a very long time.

It has its specific roots and specific driving forces, not to mention the horrible results it produced in Europe – more so than anywhere else,” said Stephan Kramer of the American Jewish Committee’s European Office on anti-Semitism.

“Therefore, combating anti-Semitism in as efficient a way as possible would have been aided by a special framework designed to do just this. I think that most of those who voted the proposal down realize this. Therefore we have to assume that they succumbed to a warped political correctness which frowns upon calling anti-Semites anti-Semites.

This is a terribly wrong signal.

I am afraid that it will be interpreted by more than just a handful of people as a wink that hating Jews is, sort of, acceptable.”

Polish Chief Rabbi Michael Schudrich went even further, telling The Jerusalem Post that the decision not to form a task force “shows a politicization of fighting anti-Semitism to an unprecedented level of cynicism.”

“The decision by the European Parliament to disregard the need for an intergroup task force focused on the growing threat of anti-Semitism in Europe is another failure of European leadership to recognize and understand their responsibility to assure the Jews of Europe a future of safety and dignity. At the very moment when bold measures are called for to meet the challenges to Jewish life in Europe, the European Parliament has said ‘we really don’t care,’” said Anti-Defamation League chief Abraham Foxman.

“Coming just days after the adoption of a resolution urging recognition of a Palestinian state, this decision may well be another example of how the Middle East conflict is used by European leaders as an excuse to do little or nothing about the rise of anti-Semitism in Europe.”

Eli Ringer, the immediate past president of Belgium’s Forum der Joodse Organisaties, recalled demanding this past summer, as anti-Semitic riots broke out across Europe, that “in the new Commission of Europe a commissioner should be appointed handling the problem of racism and specifically on anti-Semitism.”

“We feel very much disappointed that the new president of the European Commission did not take notice of this demand. We have the feeling that Europe does not have any more interest in real values, but, [rather,] all the importance is put on economic issues. Europe does not understand the danger of anti-Semitism and has a short-term memory…. We do not pretend that we are in the same situation like before the war concerning anti-Semitism, but the danger of spreading exists, and all Europe could become victims – Jews and non-Jews alike,” he told the Post.

Speaking at a ceremony organized by the Brussels- based European Jewish Association (EJA) in June, Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders echoed Ringer’s call and said that the security of the Jewish community should be dealt with at the European level.

Following this summer’s shooting at the Jewish Museum of Brussels, Belgian Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo told the World Jewish Congress that Europe-wide cooperation in the fight against anti-Semitism is a necessity.

European leaders have made strong statements against the rise of anti-Semitism in their countries, with the foreign ministers of Germany, France and Italy harshly condemned pro-Palestinian demonstrators, vowing to make use of “all legal measures” to maintain public order over the summer.

In a joint statement from Brussels, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Laurent Fabius and Federica Mogherini denounced “the ugly anti-Semitic statements, demonstrations and attacks of the last few days,” declaring that “nothing, including the dramatic military confrontation in Gaza, justifies such actions in Europe.”

The day before the ministers issued their statement, David Harris of the AJC had called on European Union ministers to convene a special meeting on anti-Semitism.

“Ministers responsible for security and combating anti-Semitism should meet urgently to deal with this poisonous hatred that threatens not only Jews but the very societies that comprise the EU,” Harris said.

EJA general-director Rabbi Menachem Margolin expressed disappointment with the decision but pointed to recent remarks by Mogherini – who serves as the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy – to members of his organization as a cause for optimism.

“Anti-Semitism across Europe is rising and needs to be dealt with and fought against decisively,” Mogherini told Margolin.

“We are constantly working in order to demonstrate to our friends in the European Parliament that there is a big difference between anti-Semitism and general racism,” Margolin said, adding that there were “pledges from a significant number of heads of states and ministers of interior and education of the various EU member countries” to eradicate anti-Semitism, and that he “hoped that their moral judgment will overcome the ignorance of some of the EU Parliament members.”

According to Yardena Lande, director of the Interpariliamentary Coalition for Combating anti-Semitism, it was surprising that such a task force was not established, given the pledges of support she had received by a significant number of MEPs.

Moreover, she said, another opportunity to establish such a task force will come only after the next European elections, meaning that for the next several years there will be no such body dealing directly with such issues.

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  1. When EU pontificates to israel, they should be ignored with the suggestion that they should fix their anti semitism first, after all, what is their excuse as they are not at war like Israel.
    The fool appeasement Jews of europe who were an amen chorus to the Israel defamers are receiving the learning experience. The non foolish Jews need to get out before the usual cycle of pogrom. Its not rocket science, DUH, Europe, jew killing, no brainer!!!!!!

    The anomaly is NOT anti semitism and Jew killing in Europe, the anomaly is the hiatus which is fading away.

  2. I have been to Europe many times since WWII, the latest was in 2005. Germany, France and Spain for working meetings with professional colleagues in the electronics and chemical industries. Two in what used to be East Berlin. Anyone stupid enough to believe that those countries in any way willingly accepted Israel being Jewish or Jews in general deserve the top prize in the dunce scale. Germany is disengaging from its Holocaust guiltiness pretense. The rest, never really had any qualms.
    Only total morons could have gone “home” or emigrated to those cesspools. Austria, France, Norway, Spain, England, Ireland, Belgium, and in an indirect way Germany are back at it and or never shed the stain.
    Ben Gurion made a huge error as he agreed to re connect with Adenauer. Of course substantial sums have been received from Germany in the interim, but in the end… Germany will remain Germany as far as we are concerned.

  3. The EU, the birthplace of antisemitism, adopts the default position of denial. Therefore there is no need to deal with the issue:perennial antisemitism.

  4. The EU will pay the price for its decisions. Soon, Sharia law will creep into every country as it has in parts of England and many of the Scandinavian countries. Their anti-Israel rhetoric will be their downfall and they will suffer the consequences.

  5. Peres solemnly eructed over us that “there is no antisemitism in France” a couple of years back. And if such a giant of truth and goodwill for Jews say so, who is to doubt the ghastly item’s words?