World Holocaust Forum President Dr. Moshe Kantor tells assembled world leaders that with current levels of emigration there could be no Jewish communities in Europe by 2050

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(Jerusalem, Thursday, January 23, 2020) – President of the World Holocaust Forum and the European Jewish Congress Dr. Moshe Kantor told the almost fifty world leaders assembled for the Fifth World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem that the situation for Jewish communities is extremely precarious.

“According to surveys, more than 80% of Jews say they feel unsafe in Europe today with more than 40% said they have considered leaving the continent,” Dr. Kantor said during his address. “In recent years, around 3% of Jews have emigrated from Europe annually because of antisemitism, meaning that in only 30 years, if the current trends persist or worsen, there could be no Jews left in Europe by 2050.”

Dr. Kantor was speaking at the Fifth World Holocaust Forum at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, with the participation of almost 50 heads of state and world leaders.

The historic event, titled “Remembering the Holocaust, Fighting Antisemitism,” was organized by the World Holocaust Forum Foundation in cooperation with Yad Vashem, under the auspices of the President of the State of Israel.

“I am delighted that you have gathered here today to stand side by side with the Jewish People,” Dr. Kantor told the world leaders. “It sends a powerful message that antisemitism is unacceptable and a danger to all of our societies.”

“I thank you for this, because it gives the Jewish People around the world hope, that extremism can be countered with the values of tolerance, decency and moderation.”