Europe still haunted by antisemitism

Human Rights Comment

Strasbourg 23/01/2014
Memorial to the murdered Jews of Europe, Berlin Memorial to the murdered Jews of Europe, Berlin

"More than 70 years after the Holocaust, antisemitism is growing in Europe. While official statistics are missing in many countries, research shows that deeply ingrained hostility continues to threaten Jewish people's security and human dignity across Europe",  says Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, in his latest Human Rights Comment published today.

Today's antisemitism finds its way into "traditional" as well as modern venues. Just over a year ago, a call in the Hungarian parliament for making lists of Jews who "posed a threat to national security" brought back haunting memories of Nazi policies. In December the Romanian authorities fined a public television channel in Romania after it aired a Christmas carol with antisemitic lyrics.  However, more "contemporary" manifestations of antisemitism also abound. Last July, Twitter provided the prosecutors in Paris with data that may enable the identification of users who posted antisemitic messages on line. The French authorities also recently took a strong stand against incitement to hatred targeting Jewish people by a former comedian turned militant. A growing problem in many European countries is the use of antisemitic chants or salutes at football games. (more...)