A UN Action Plan to Combat Antisemitism - World Jewish Congress

A UN Action Plan to Combat Antisemitism

Calendar 28 June 2022

Start time 7:15 a.m. (New York) / 13:15 (Geneva) / 14:15 (Jerusalem)

The World Jewish Congress, together with the missions of Israel and Sweden to the UN in Geneva, cordially invites you to our event detailing the recently published action plan against antisemitism.

The report, compiled by Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief, urges governments to apply the IHRA Working Definition of Antisemitism as a non-legally binding educational and training tool and incorporate it into training and educational materials for officials such as police, prosecutors and judges, government employees, educators and those working for national human rights institutions.

The World Jewish Congress, which has worked closely with Dr. Shaheed during his UN mandate, facilitated high-level consultations on key issues in Budapest, together with the Jewish communities of Poland and Hungary. In addition, the WJC has collaborated with Dr. Shaheed on a range of issues that include combating antisemitism and conspiracy mythsonline antisemitism, the importance of education, the role of the United Nations, WJC’s SECCA Forum, and a tribute at the conclusion of his mandate.

The event will feature the participation of Dr. Shaheed and other prominent experts.

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Antisemitism, the age-old hatred against the Jewish people, has brought about the most catastrophic event in 20th century Europe – the Holocaust. Nevertheless, it is raising its ugly head yet again across the globe, expressing itself in individual and systemic prejudice, online and offline incitement to hatred and violence, and acts of violence. Antisemitism is a serious obstacle to the enjoyment of freedom of religion or belief and for mutual respect of individuals.

The United Nations, representing the primary international body with a mandate to protect and promote human rights for all, should act as a global leader in the fight against discrimination, xenophobia, and prejudice of any kind, which are contradictory with the values of modern societies and should not be tolerated.

In this regard, the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief, Ahmed Shaheed, following up on his 2019 report to UNGA, and taking stock of trends in antisemitism, including positive developments as well as continuing challenges has formulated an action plan to further action globally to combat antisemitism.

Sweden, currently holding the Presidency of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), and Israel are joining efforts with (United Nations Alliance of Civilizations and the World Jewish Congress to review trends and discuss strategies for advancing the fight against antisemitism. The side event will hear from the Special Rapporteur on his proposed action plan on ways forward and from prominent international experts on the fight against antisemitism.

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