Wishing you peace and prosperity.
We at CEJI welcome the decision of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) to adopt a working definition of antisemitism, passed unanimously by its 31 member states, of which 24 are European Union countries. The working definition as adopted recognises the reality of contemporary antisemitism and should serve as a guide for policy-makers and practitioners.
Exploring the Positive Potential of Education about Religion, Conviction and Belief: A smorgasbord of good practice from schools to communities (and vice versa).
Join us for a seminar on 'Exploring the Positive Potential of Education and Religion, Conviction and Belief'.
Organised by CEJI - A Jewish Contribution to an Inclusive Europe in partnership with ENORB (European Network on Religion and Belief) the event takes place at ICA, Rue Amédée Lynen 8, 1210 Brussels (nearest Metro station – Madou) from 9:00 to 17:00.
Brussels, 12th May 2016. All people are entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, without distinction based on race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. On 24th May, the General Affairs Council of the European Union will discuss integration of migrants in a rule of law dialogue and our organisations want to recall the spirit of Article 2 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Between November 2015 and March 2016, CEJI has given more than 20 training courses on various topics such as 'Understanding and managing cultural diversity in my class and my professional practice', 'Better understanding Judaism and contemporary manifestations of anti-Semitism' and 'Understanding Islam and contemporary manifestations of Islamophobia'. These training courses have so far taken place in Hainault, Namur, Liege, Luxembourg province and Brussels. The final training course of our six month journey across Belgium took place towards the end of March at the Athénée Royal d'Ixelles, closing a cycle that brought together more than 300 secondary school teachers since we began back in November 2015.
CEJI – A Jewish Contribution to an Inclusive Europe welcomes the appointment of Ms Katharina von Schnurbein as Coordinator on combating antisemitism and of Mr David Friggieri as Coordinator on combating anti-Muslim hatred.
The Université catholique de Louvain's Centre interdisciplinaire d'études de l'Islam dans le monde contemporain (Interdisciplinary Centre for the Study of Islam in the contemporary world) has produced a new study entitled Musulmans et non-musulmans en Belgique : des pratiques prometteuses favorisent le vivre-ensemble (Muslims and non-Muslims in Belgium: Promising Practices promote living together) by C. Bocquet, B. Maréchal, S. Van Den Abeele in collaboration with F. Dassetto and F. Iskandar.
In the aftermath of the Paris attacks, the risk of a surge in hate crimes against minorities in Europe is all too real. Youssef Himmat, president of the Forum of European Muslim Youth and Student Organizations (FEMYSO), and Robin Sclafani, director of CEJI—A Jewish Contribution to an Inclusive Europe, talk about the importance of building coalitions that can work together for more inclusive and tolerant societies in Europe.