The Belgian Jewish Community has filed a lawsuit challenging a law passed last May by the parliament of Belgium southern Walloon region banning the kosher slaughter of animals.The lawsuit was submitted Monday to Belgium’s Constitutional Court by CCOJB, the umbrella representative of Belgiul’s Jewish Organizations. COOJB acts as the branch of the European Jewish Congress and the World Jewish Congress.
The 31-year-old foreign minister, Sebastian Kurz, is poised to become Europe’s youngest head of government
The European Jewish Congress (EJC) congratulated Kurz but urged him to “not be beholden to a party of the far right in his new coalition government.”
“A party which has run on a platform of xenophobic intolerance and the targeting of immigrants must not be granted a seat at the governing table,” said EJC President Moshe Kantor.
The European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation (ECTR) awarded its 2018 European Medal of Tolerance to Prince Albert on Tuesday, March 6, for his commitment to truth, tolerance and historical reconciliation.ECTR President Dr Moshe Kantor and ECTR Chairman former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair presented the medal to Prince Albert at the ECTR’s first roundtable held in Monte Carlo, from March 5 to 7, to address the threat of radicalisation and issues surrounding the challenges to tolerance in European societies.
Kantor Prize for Secure Tolerance will reward those who promote tolerance and combat “isolationism and nationalism”European Jewish leader Moshe Kantor announced a 1 million euro prize (£1million), for efforts to promote tolerance and combat “isolationism and nationalism.”
The European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation on Tuesday bestowed its European Medal of Tolerance to the head of state of the principality sandwiched between France and Italy, who in 2015 acknowledged his country’s rounding up and deportation of 66 Jews in 1942.“You have found the courage and political wisdom to openly address painful history and difficult memories,” said Moshe Kantor, the head of the European Jewish Congress and the president of the council, whose chair is former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
Former Norwegian PM Bondevik referenced Israel and claimed that the main reason for “extremism is humiliation, and occupation can create the feeling of humiliation.”
Kjell Magne Bondevik, whose last term as Norwegian prime minister ended in 2005, singled out Pakistan, India and the Jewish state in a speech Tuesday in Monaco’s Cafe de Paris during a conference on tolerance by the European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation — a think tank headed by European Jewish Congress President Moshe Kantor and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation gives prestigious honour to the country’s prince for recognising the suffering of Jews in the HolocaustA prestigious think tank on tolerance comprising former European leaders honoured Prince Albert II of Monaco for his apology for his country’s treatment of Jews during the Holocaust, among other actions.
EJC President Dr. Moshe Kantor opens five-day conference on anti-Semitism in Vienna, calls for practical solutions.Dr. Moshe Kantor, President of the European Jewish Congress (EJC), on Sunday called for a full recognition to the severity of anti-Semitism and to finding practical solutions at “An End to Antisemitism” conference at the University of Vienna.
Dr. Moshe Kantor, president of the European Jewish Congress, seated with French philosopher Bernard Henri Levy at Vienna conference "An End to Anti-Semitism" opening event, Feb. 2018Some 150 speakers from around the world are gathered this week at the University of Vienna to find a way to try to eliminate anti-Semitism – a monumental task, but one the European Jewish Congress is determined to at least launch, if not entirely accomplish.
Pope Francis – “Indifference is a virus of our time”. Van der Bellen – “Antisemitism is still topical and raising concerns”On Sunday, An End to Antisemitism! conference started in Vienna City Hall. An opening ceremony was attended by many renowned political, academic and religious decision-makers and opinion-shapers from around the world. Pope Francis and Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen addresses were read. The conference will continue in the Vienna University till Thursday.
The European Jewish Congress (EJC) called on the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) on Monday to adopt the international defnition of anti-Semitism.EJC President Dr. Moshe Kantor called on the OSCE member states to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism, which has already been officially adopted by the UK, Germany, Romania, Bulgaria and Austria.
European Jewish Congress President calls on OSCE members to adopt IHRA definition of anti-Semitism.European Jewish Congress (EJC) President Dr. Moshe Kantor called for the adoption of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism - already officially adopted by the UK, Germany, Romania, Bulgaria and Austria - by all OSCE member states.
Knesset’s Yuli Edelstein gave a grim prognosis at an international memorial event in Brussels this weekThe Speaker of the Israeli Parliament has said Europe’s “post-war sense of mission has disappeared” when it comes to Holocaust education.
Events will take place around Brussels to mark the day, including at 12 p.m. in the European Parliament. Speakers include Parliament Vice President Mairead McGuinness, European Jewish Congress President Moshe Kantor, Knesset Speaker Yuli-Yoël Edelstein and Holocaust survivor Tomáš Radil.
At the formal ceremony that followed the opening of the exhibition, European Jewish Congress President Dr. Moshe Kantor noted that discrimination against Jews, Roma, Homosexuals, the disabled and political dissidents, all of whom were targeted by the Nazis, is not a thing of the past.
Some are appalled by the inclusion of the far-right Freedom Party, but others are willing to wait and see what it will do in power.
The head of the European Jewish Congress, Moshe Kantor, said the party had tried to rectify its past and therefore should get a chance to show what it would do in power. But he warned that the Freedom Party could not use the Jewish community as a fig leaf and must show tolerance and acceptance of other minority communities as well.
The European Jewish Congress (EJC) has expressed “grave concern” over reports that The Freedom Party (FPÖ) – led by Heinz-Christian Strache – has entered into an Austrian government coalition with Chancellor Sebastian Kurz’s centre-right People’s Party.“The FPÖ has a long history of anti-Semitism and xenophobia and we are concerned about the fact that they will control government ministries in the new Austrian Government,” said Dr. Moshe Kantor, President of the EJC.