On 29 June 2015 from 15.00 to 18.30 the Committee on Civil liberties, Justice and Home Affairs will hold a hearing on "Anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and Hate Speech in Europe". The aim of this hearing is to listen to experts in those fields as well as to civil society organisations and different stakeholders to gain insight into the nature of the discrimination patterns and violence against Jews and Muslims in Europe.
The following is the opening speech by Baron Alain Philippson, President of CEJI - A Jewish Conribution to an Inclusive Europe, at a special event in Brussels to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. The speech was delivered on 27 January 2015, International Holocaust Memorial Day:
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.
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.
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:
Over the summer, RAI TV - Italy's national public broadcasting company - visited CEJI during a special workshop on Antisemitism, which was organized some weeks after the attack at the Jewish Museum in Brussels. They filmed the workshop and interviewed our director, Robin Sclafani:
CEJI coming soon on TV
It's never boring in CEJI! Today we had an awareness workshop on overcoming antisemitism with old and new trainees and the Italian TV came to visit us!