After the Halle synagogue attack: Never again far-right extremism and antisemitism, Solidarity with Jewish communities

Resolution submitted by: JEF Political Commission 2 – Internal European Affairs & JEF Political Commission 3 – External Affairs and Global Governance
Adopted by the JEF Congress in Paris on 27 October 2019

The anti-Semitic attack on the synagogue in Halle, Germany, by a far-right extremist on Yom Kippur, the holiest day of Judaism, has shaken Jewish communities and wider society. Fuelled by antisemitic conspiracy myths such as “The Great replacement” or against George Soros, far-right groups and movements in the EU are targeting Jewish communities and other minorities. The threat of antisemitism from all parts of the political spectrum and religious extremists has steadily increased to unprecedented levels since WWII. JEF Europe, founded on the principles of equality and fundamental rights, fully embraces and defends Europe’s diversity and stands firmly at the side of Jewish communities in Europe and globally to fight back.

JEF Europe,

  • Condemns the anti-Semitic terror attack against the synagogue in Halle, Germany, on Yom Kippur 2019 (5780), as well as all manifestations of antisemitism whether violent acts, verbal abuse or discriminatory behaviour;
  • Declares its full solidarity with Jewish Europeans and Jews around the world and with all victims of far-right and anti-Semitic extremism and terrorism;
  • Acknowledges the adoption by the European Youth Forum of the resolution on ‘Combating anti-Semitism:  Young people’s responsibility‘;
  • Adopts in solidarity with the Jewish communities the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of antisemitism in line with the European Youth Forum, the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union and calls on all actors to follow its victim-centred approach in recognising and tackling anti-Semitism;
  • Reiterates that the European Union was established as a response to the horrors of World War II and the Holocaust and the promise of “Never again”. The lessons from history are a responsibility for all Europeans. Jewish life has been and will always be an inseparable part of the European social fabric.

The need to confront anti-Semitism where it exists, and to prevent it from spreading, is therefore an urgent need and a concern for all – Jews and non-Jews – wishing to live in societies that are free from hatred. Our societies are threatened when Jews are threatened.

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