The Belgian Jewish Community has filed a lawsuit challenging a law passed last May by the parliament of Belgium southern Walloon region banning the kosher slaughter of animals.The lawsuit was submitted Monday to Belgium’s Constitutional Court by CCOJB, the umbrella representative of Belgiul’s Jewish Organizations. COOJB acts as the branch of the European Jewish Congress and the World Jewish Congress.
The 31-year-old foreign minister, Sebastian Kurz, is poised to become Europe’s youngest head of government
The European Jewish Congress (EJC) congratulated Kurz but urged him to “not be beholden to a party of the far right in his new coalition government.”
“A party which has run on a platform of xenophobic intolerance and the targeting of immigrants must not be granted a seat at the governing table,” said EJC President Moshe Kantor.
EJC President Dr. Moshe Kantor opens five-day conference on anti-Semitism in Vienna, calls for practical solutions.Dr. Moshe Kantor, President of the European Jewish Congress (EJC), on Sunday called for a full recognition to the severity of anti-Semitism and to finding practical solutions at “An End to Antisemitism” conference at the University of Vienna.
Dr. Moshe Kantor, president of the European Jewish Congress, seated with French philosopher Bernard Henri Levy at Vienna conference "An End to Anti-Semitism" opening event, Feb. 2018Some 150 speakers from around the world are gathered this week at the University of Vienna to find a way to try to eliminate anti-Semitism – a monumental task, but one the European Jewish Congress is determined to at least launch, if not entirely accomplish.
Pope Francis – “Indifference is a virus of our time”. Van der Bellen – “Antisemitism is still topical and raising concerns”On Sunday, An End to Antisemitism! conference started in Vienna City Hall. An opening ceremony was attended by many renowned political, academic and religious decision-makers and opinion-shapers from around the world. Pope Francis and Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen addresses were read. The conference will continue in the Vienna University till Thursday.
The European Jewish Congress (EJC) called on the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) on Monday to adopt the international defnition of anti-Semitism.EJC President Dr. Moshe Kantor called on the OSCE member states to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism, which has already been officially adopted by the UK, Germany, Romania, Bulgaria and Austria.
European Jewish Congress President calls on OSCE members to adopt IHRA definition of anti-Semitism.European Jewish Congress (EJC) President Dr. Moshe Kantor called for the adoption of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism - already officially adopted by the UK, Germany, Romania, Bulgaria and Austria - by all OSCE member states.
Knesset’s Yuli Edelstein gave a grim prognosis at an international memorial event in Brussels this weekThe Speaker of the Israeli Parliament has said Europe’s “post-war sense of mission has disappeared” when it comes to Holocaust education.
Events will take place around Brussels to mark the day, including at 12 p.m. in the European Parliament. Speakers include Parliament Vice President Mairead McGuinness, European Jewish Congress President Moshe Kantor, Knesset Speaker Yuli-Yoël Edelstein and Holocaust survivor Tomáš Radil.
At the formal ceremony that followed the opening of the exhibition, European Jewish Congress President Dr. Moshe Kantor noted that discrimination against Jews, Roma, Homosexuals, the disabled and political dissidents, all of whom were targeted by the Nazis, is not a thing of the past.
Some are appalled by the inclusion of the far-right Freedom Party, but others are willing to wait and see what it will do in power.
The head of the European Jewish Congress, Moshe Kantor, said the party had tried to rectify its past and therefore should get a chance to show what it would do in power. But he warned that the Freedom Party could not use the Jewish community as a fig leaf and must show tolerance and acceptance of other minority communities as well.
The European Jewish Congress (EJC) has expressed “grave concern” over reports that The Freedom Party (FPÖ) – led by Heinz-Christian Strache – has entered into an Austrian government coalition with Chancellor Sebastian Kurz’s centre-right People’s Party.“The FPÖ has a long history of anti-Semitism and xenophobia and we are concerned about the fact that they will control government ministries in the new Austrian Government,” said Dr. Moshe Kantor, President of the EJC.
The incident, at a shul in Gothenburg, came after a march in the city against the United States’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
The European Jewish Congress called on Sweden and other European countries to take strong action after the two incidents and a series of other protests.
Moshe Kantor, EJC president, said: “It is unconscionable that Jews are under attack on the streets of Europe, whether by terrorists hurling Molotov cocktails or openly and brazenly calling for the mass murder of Jews in Malmo, Vienna and Paris.
The attack took place during a youth party in the synagogue
More than a dozen men hurled firebombs at a synagogue in Gothenburg in southern Sweden hours after locals marched in the city against the United States’ recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
No one was injured in the attack Saturday night, which ended without injury, the online edition of the Expressen daily reported.