NEW YORK – The World Jewish Congress on Monday praised the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs for committing to host a global forum later this year on countering antisemitism and advancing Holocaust remembrance.
The gathering will continue the work of the Malmö International Forum on Holocaust Remembrance and Combating Antisemitism, held in October 2021.
The announcement came as the World Jewish Congress concluded its Executive Committee meeting in Madrid. WJC had issued a detailed report outlining European governments’ progress since the Malmö Forum in developing action plans to tackle antisemitism, which was shared ahead of WJC meetings with the King of Spain His Majesty Felipe VI and the country’s Foreign Ministry.
“Spain has validated the concerns of Jewish communal leaders at a time of increased antisemitism around the world,” said WJC President Ronald S. Lauder. “In addition, the nation has demonstrated its commitment to concretely fighting Jew-hatred. Clearly, Spanish officials take their upcoming European Union leadership role seriously, and we are grateful that Foreign Minister Albares is shining a light on this critical issue on the world stage.”
Spain, which last month approved a national plan to implement the European Strategy to Combat Antisemitism for 2023-2030, will assume the presidency of the Council of the European Union on July 1.
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