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PACE General Rapporteur deeply concerned by wave of antisemitic attacks and hate speech

“I am deeply concerned by the wave of antisemitic hate speech recently observed on major social media platforms, with the use of Holocaust imagery and Nazi glorification, as denounced by a new report of the World Jewish Congress. Violent acts are also being physically committed,” Momodou Malcolm Jallow (Sweden, UEL), PACE General Rapporteur on combating racism and intolerance, said today.

“These are the latest episodes in a more general and very alarming surge of antisemitism in our continent, which calls for heightened vigilance in every sphere, particularly politics, and for adequate criminal prosecution when applicable. Against a backdrop of increasing intolerance towards various vulnerable groups, antisemitism seems to be increasingly entrenched in European societies, where we hoped it had been defeated, affecting the everyday life of Jews and the population at large, and polluting the public discourse with bias and prejudice.”

“Many of these episodes took place in the context of protests organised in the wake of the outbreak of violence in the occupied Palestinian territories and Israel. While protests were legitimate, it was entirely unacceptable to organise any of them outside synagogues and Jewish community centres, implicitly blaming Jews generally for the situation in the Middle East, an instrumentalisation I firmly condemn.”

“I wish to express my solidarity with the Jewish community and to emphasise that the struggle against antisemitism is not for them alone, but also for society as a whole, and the institutions, to address. Solidarity is key in countering discrimination, as any attack on a group has an impact on justice and equality for all,” Mr Jallow concluded.