The members of the European Economic and Social Committee demonstrated their unanimity in the fight against growing antisemitism in Europe at its 543rd plenary session.
According to a survey done by the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights, fear has become a constant part of Jewish people’s lives and an alarming 38% are considering emigrating, as antisemitism has become more widespread in Europe. France and Germany report an increase in offences against Jews of 74% and 60% respectively.
Against this background, the EESC discussed antisemitism in Europe with Raya Kalnova (European Jewish Congress), Michael Bilewicz (Centre for Research on Prejudice, University of Warsaw) and Joel Kotek (Free University of Brussels). During the debate, the participants expressed their support for the Jewish community, as well as their commitment to the fight against any discrimination of minorities.
It was concluded that tolerating intolerance will destroy democracy. In this context, Germany’s Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has announced that the fight against antisemitism in the EU should be one of his country’s priorities during its EU presidency in the second half of 2020.