Anti-Semitism is spreading like a virus in Europe.
It’s affecting public life, government, media and culture.
But in order to curb the growth of the problem, European governments and the EU are looking to the U.S. and Canada to help stem the spread of the phenomenon.
But the two are not on a good track.
“There are many countries in the world that do not have a strong commitment to combat anti-Semitic rhetoric and violence,” said the European Commission’s senior director for external relations, Ewa Lienstra.
“That is why we are also trying to work with the U.”
The Commission, in fact, has taken steps to help combat anti -Semitism and has launched an anti-harassment campaign that has seen more than a thousand hate crimes reported to the authorities across Europe, according to the EU’s Directorate-General for Internal Affairs.
And there are signs that the two countries are finally taking the issue seriously.
A new anti-hate campaign was launched in Hungary on Tuesday that is meant to target individuals who “disparage” Jewish people.
The campaign also aims to show the “importance of tolerance.”
The Hungarian campaign also targets individuals who express anti-Israel sentiments.
And in Turkey, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan launched a “sensitivity” campaign in the country.
But some in the EU argue that such initiatives are insufficient, especially when it comes to the issue of the growing number of anti-semitic attacks on the continent.
The commission has called for an urgent response to the rise in anti-semites, as well as for the EU to “immediately develop its strategy to combat antisemitism, racism and hate crimes.”
A growing number in Europe have been turning to the United States for help in countering the spread.
On Wednesday, a U.K. parliamentary committee approved a motion that would make it illegal for individuals to “suppress, incite, encourage or facilitate the dissemination or circulation of antisemitic content” online.
The U.N. Commission on Human Rights, meanwhile, has urged EU member states to ban the spread, publishing a report that called for the implementation of a “code of conduct” to protect victims.
And a European Parliament report this month recommended that EU member countries “establish anti-discrimination policies, including a minimum standard for anti-racist behaviour.”
But it’s not all bad news for Europe’s Jewish communities.
The number of Jewish communities in Europe is now estimated to be at least 20 million.
But with Europe in the throes of an economic crisis and a growing anti-Jewish sentiment, the issue is no longer merely a problem for Jews.
It is a problem affecting Jews everywhere, even those who may not have felt comfortable before.
“I was born here in Germany, I’ve lived here all my life,” said Eliezer, a Holocaust survivor.
“This is the biggest challenge for Jews today.”
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