Holocaust Remembrance Day: Europe has a responsibility to combat rising antisemitism

Brussels, 27 January 2023 – For International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the European Network Against Racism (ENAR) urges EU Member States to tackle the rising antisemitism, and curb the continued attacks targeting the lives and safety of Jews in Europe.

On this day, we remember those who were subject to mass extermination during the Holocaust, and our thoughts are with the survivors, who have had to continue living with unspeakable trauma and their children and grandchildren who must carry the legacy of this trauma. We share your grief and we stand with you.

Even though it has been 78 years since the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, antisemitism continues to be a worrying trend in Europe. The rise of far-right movements and the pandemic have only exacerbated antisemitic sentiment further with the proliferation of dangerous rhetoric and conspiracy theories. Therefore, we need meaningful actions and commitments from leaders now to ensure that the promise of ‘Never Again’ is not forgotten.

ENAR was pleased to contribute to the first ever European Commission Civil Society Forum on Antisemitism organised in 2022, speaking on intersectionality and creating moments for dialogue between different racialised groups. As the voice of the anti-racist movement in Europe, ENAR believes that an intersectional perspective is necessary and can be achieved with the creation of a permanent space for discussions about the different Antisemitism manifestations with plural voices amongst the Jewish communities. Systemic racism will only be tackled if racialised groups, including Jews, come together to learn from the past and address issues of the present. Let us build unity to never go back.

For further information, contact:
Nabil Sanaullah, ENAR Communication and Press Officer
Mobile: +32 2 240 57 21 – Email: nabil@enar-eu.org

Notes to the editor:
1. The European Network Against Racism (ENAR aisbl) stands against racism and discrimination and advocates equality and solidarity for all in Europe. We connect local and national anti-racist NGOs throughout Europe and voice the concerns of ethnic and religious minorities in European and national policy debates.


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