The European People’s Party (EPP) lead candidate, or Spitzenkandidat, Manfred Weber has expressed his deep concern about the growing tide of anti-Semitism that has swept Europe in recent years, calling for conjoined efforts against anti-Semitism.
Weber, who is the leader of the EPP in the European Parliament, called for a joint effort to eradicate anti-Semitism in Europe during an interview with Germany’s Die Welt.
as hatred of Jews in Europe manifests itself in an increasingly bold and violent way, According to recent data, attacks and hostility towards Jews in Europe is on the rise and manifesting itself in ever-more bold and violent ways. In France, alone, anti-Semitic attacks increased in 2018 by 74% compared to the previous year.
In the UK, the anti-Semitic mood in the Jeremy Corbyn-led Labour Party caused several MPs to leave the party because they no longer could tolerate the open hostility to Jews and the State of Israel.
Part of Weber’s plan is to create “a joint initiative in the European Parliament to send a clear message that anti-Semitism has no place in Europe.”
The EPP’s candidate for the presidency of the European Commission, suggests that a common definition of anti-Semitism and stricter rules for social media platforms are needed to eradicate anti-Semitism.
According to Weber, internet service providers should also be committed to better address the spread of anti-Semitic messages. This plan will also be part of his Commission’s programme if he is elected as its president, said Weber.
“The continuing advance of anti-Semitism in Europe should be a wakeup call for us all. As Commission President. I will propose a pact against antisemitism,” Weber wrote in a tweet.