The European Jewish Congress hosted a conference in the Belgian Senate on Tuesday featuring security, judicial and political experts from 24 countries in the goal to improve security, as well as fight antisemitism and other forms of hatred across Europe.
The two-day meeting in Brussels, titled “The Circle of Security and Resilience,” was hosted by Belgian Senate President Jacques Brotchi.
“The objective of this conference is to improve the knowledge and cooperation among stakeholders to improve security for all the European citizens,” said EJC President Moshe Kantor. “Our vision is to share our knowledge and experience with all EU and European organizations, and to ensure that European Jewish organizations are in close contact with the relevant authorities to stop the spread of hate, racism and antisemitism. Only by working as a network can we prevent the next attack or at least ameliorate its effects.”
The experts talked about tackling numerous issues related to law enforcement, crisis management, security awareness, technology, legislative and political issues, hate crimes and acts of antisemitism.
“Regrettably, in today’s Europe, security awareness, crisis management and resilience are everyone’s concern,” said EJC Executive Vice President and CEO Raya Kalenova. “Through our painful experience, we had no choice but to innovate and develop vital expertise in these fields, and because of our commitment to European society, we want to share this expertise for the benefit of all.
“Especially after the terrorist attack in Christchurch, and more recently, in Utrecht,” she added, “we must be more vigilant and understand that the threat of terror is a sad reality for all, so it is vital we all work together.”