06 Dec, 2023

Anti-semitism: Rudisuhli suggests solutions to plenary

At the European Committee of the Regions plenary on 29-30 November, Renew Europe CoR’s Anne Rudisuhli unequivocally condemned all anti-Semitic acts and contributed to the debate on how to locally reinforce the fight against anti-Semitism in the EU.

Anti-semitism behaviour has surged across Europe reaching proportions unseen since the Second World War, with more than 1,500 anti-semitic acts being reported in France alone since October.

Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and Austria have also seen incidents such as desecrated graves, synagogues being targeted with Molotov cocktails and hate messages on social media.

“The scourge of the resurgence of anti-semitism in Europe does not fall from the sky. It is our responsibility as elected officials to name things – to stop just formulating empty phrases like ‘stop anti-Semitism’,” said Rudisuhli.

“We must close the places where hatred is preached; we must systematically take legal action; we must assure our teachers that they will be protected when they teach the history of the Shoah; philosophy or science, we must strengthen educational programs and better support and transmit the universalist values that underpin our Europe, from a very young age.

“Our Committee of the Regions must answer these questions and face them – let’s together create a space for discussion, exchanges of practices, solutions that work, innovative educational programs. Education does not currently fall within the competence of the EU but in the face of these tragedies we can ask ourselves whether it should become one and as quickly as possible.”

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