5th Global Forum for Combating Antisemitism 2015

5th Global Forum for Combating Antisemitism

12-14 May 2015

Main themes: "The Oldest Hatred in the Newest Vessels: Confronting Antisemitism and Hate Speech on the Internet and in Social Media" and "The Rise in Antisemitism in Europe's Cities Today: Means of Response"
5th Global Forum for Combating Antisemitism
 
The Global Forum for Combating Antisemitism (GFCA) is the premier biennial gathering for assessing the state of Antisemitism globally, and formulating effective forms of societal and governmental response. The GFCA is an active coalition of public figures, political leaders, heads of civil society, clergy, journalists, diplomats, educators and concerned citizens dedicated to the advance of tolerance towards the other in public life and the defeat of Antisemitism and other forms of racial and ethnic hatred. The Forum serves as an important meeting place for exchange of knowledge and for formulating the global work plan for combating Antisemitism.

The Global Forum this year will focus on two main themes:
   
•    The Oldest Hatred in the Newest Vessels: Confronting Antisemitism and Hate Speech on the Internet and in Social Media

The information highway has proven an unprecedented tool for accessibility to knowledge, and the advance of free expression and global interconnectedness; but it also presents unique challenges to human dignity - in the form of unfiltered cyberhate, both antisemitic and other forms of severe hate speech, delivered ubiquitously to every multimedia device. How can we increase the decency of the web without harming its essential freedom?

•    The Rise of Antisemitism in Europe's Cities Today: Means of Response

The summer of 2014 saw an eruption of mass anti-Jewish protests and attacks in major European capitals not seen in decades. Many Jews today feel limited in their freedom to identify openly as Jews in their manner of dress or political expression. In parts of Europe, Jewish religious practice is under legislative attack, and the return of Jihadi fighters with EU citizenship marks a security crisis, for Jewish communities first and foremost.  Why is this happening today in Europe? Is there a structural threat to Jewish life? What steps can be taken by European leadership to defeat the new wave of Antisemitism in Europe?


The concluding day is devoted to the work of the twelve working groups, and preparing and updating the Action Plan for Combating Antisemitism 2015 and Beyond. The working groups are organized around the following topics and can be joined by any of the Forum participants:


For further information, please contact: global.forum@mfa.gov.il


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 Why antisemitism?

 
Ambassador Gideon Behar, Chair of GFCA2015


Prof. Yehuda Bauer, Honorary president of The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance


Avner Shalev, Chairman of Yad Vashem


Interview: Akiva Tor & Sheikh Usama Hasan discuss the Global Forum for Combating Antisemitism - i24 News, May 14, 2015


 

 Prof. Robert Wistrich z"l

 

Prof. Robert Wistrich
Prof. Robert Wistrich, Head of the Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism, one of the participants and speakers at the 5th Global Forum for Combating Antisemitism, died several days later in Rome, on May 19, after suffering a heart attack. He was scheduled to address the Italian Senate on the rise of antisemitism in Europe. We mourn his passing.

On May 14, in his last public appearance, Prof. Wistrich addressed the GFCA in Jerusalem:



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