Targeted attacks against members of the Jewish community in
recent years in several Council of Europe member States show that
antisemitism remains a threat. Based on persisting stereotypes,
ignorance and hatred, it is contrary to the fundamental values of
the Council of Europe. Historically, manifestations of antisemitism
have shown how prejudice and intolerance can lead to harassment,
discrimination and ultimately mass killings and genocide. In the
light of recent events and the rise of intolerance and xenophobia,
there is a need to step up efforts to prevent and combat this scourge.
The full implementation of a comprehensive anti-discrimination
and anti-racism legislative framework is a prerequisite for efficient
action against antisemitism. The continuation of programmes for
Holocaust teaching and remembrance, awareness-raising campaigns
and the adoption of specific measures against hate speech, including
online, can contribute to preventing its manifestations. Focus should
be on building trust with the national authorities so as to encourage
the reporting of antisemitic attacks and hate crimes.
Since action at the political level is essential, the fight
against antisemitism should be considered a priority by governments
and parliaments. Parliamentarians have a responsibility to show
their commitment and political leadership for the protection of
human rights. They can play an important role in the prevention
of antisemitism by systematically and publicly condemning antisemitic
attacks and discourse.