CEJI on ODIHR expert group behind new practical guide for hate crime monitoring and data collection

The OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) has just published 'Hate Crime Data-Collection and Monitoring Mechanisms. A Practical Guide.'
To develop the guide, ODIHR established an expert group made up of officials from Croatia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Kazakhstan, Poland, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States, as well as specialists from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), ECRI, FRA, Human Rights First and CEJI - A Jewish Contribution to an Inclusive Europe.

CEJI contributes to Jewish-Muslim understanding conference in the European Parliament

A conference to tackle islamophobia and antisemitism in Europe was organised by the FFEU (Foundation for Ethnic Understanding) and hosted by the British MEP Afzal Khan at the European Parliament. The conference with religious leaders and representatives from civil society organisations took place in Brussels on 29 September. The conference was welcomed by CEJI - A Jewish Contribution to an Inclusive Europe and featured CEJI Board Member Ronny Naftaniel (pictured, 3rd from left) and our training co-ordinator Stéphanie Lecesne.

European Commission report highlights Belieforama as good practice

Belieforama, our award-winning suite of Religious Diversity and Anti-discrimination training programmes, and EVALORED, a project to maximise the potential impact and
dissemination of these new training modules trans-nationally, cross-sector, and inter-community, have been featured in a European Commission publication as examples of good practice
Some specific examples of longer-term impact reported by participants are highlighted as follows:

Anti-Semitism and the Future of Europe

This weekend in the heart of Europe has been a stark and symbolic reminder of what is at stake for the future of social cohesion in this grand and visionary project of the European Union.
On the eve of European and Belgian elections, a gunman opened fire in the Jewish Museum of Brussels, killing 4 people. It is probably the worst incident of anti-semitic hate crime seen in Belgium since WWII.

The European Union was born in the aftermath of World War II and the Holocaust with the purpose of sustaining peaceful relations in a land which had been twice torn apart by war in the first half of the 20th century. There was a general shock in the self-realisation of how much anti-semitic complicity enabled Hitler to enact his genocidal mission against the Jewish people, with Roma, homosexuals, disabled people also victims in his crusade. Remorse was translated into a sense of political and public responsibility.
CEJI’s Director Robin Sclafani says,

”I hope they can finally hear the alarm this time for what is a wake-up call that has been snoozed too many times already.”

CEJI urges our Belgian and European political representatives to implement the following measures:

  • Adequate European wide security measures for vulnerable Jewish institutions and buildings. This need is more pressing than ever and it is a responsibility of the state to keep its people safe.
  • Comprehensive hate crime monitoring which is a crucial part of the process of understanding, preventing and responding to anti-semitism and other forms of bias motivated violence.
  • Obligatory educational curriculum against anti-Semitism, racism and all forms of hatred which is absolutely essential to give room to the many cultures and religions in Europe.

CEJI: Security measures for Jewish institutions are more needed than ever

Today’s attack at the Jewish Museum in Brussels is horrifying and deeply troubling. Our sympathies are with the families of the victims of this cowardly act. This is not simply an attack on one group of people, but an attack that strikes at the heart of an inclusive, respectful, and peaceful Europe.

The immediate need in such a vicious attack is to care for the victims and to catch the perpetrators. But we must also understand the mechanisms which lead to such incidents, such as that in 2012 at the Jewish school in Toulouse.