The European Union is asked to make sure that Jews can live in safety on the continent where the Holocaust occurred after Israeli President Isaac Herzog stated on Thursday that antisemitism is on the rise in the West.
On the eve of the annual commemorations of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp, Herzog said in a speech to the European Parliament that authorities from EU member states and the 27-nation bloc should utilize legislation, education, and security to eradicate antisemitism.
You must be aware of the pandemic of antisemitism’s warning signs and symptoms to combat it effectively.
The photo is frightening, unfortunately. Profoundly unsettling Discourse that is anti-Semitic festers not only in the heartland of the free, democratic West but also in oppressive regimes.
On the anniversary of Auschwitz-liberation Birkenau’s by Soviet forces—the most known of the extermination camps where Nazi Germany carried out its Final Solution to exterminate Europe’s Jewish population—International Holocaust Remembrance Day is observed.
During lockdowns, anti-Semitism spread online as the coronavirus outbreak fueled existing prejudice.
Antisemitism is spreading “at a historic pace, at the press of a button,” according to Herzog.
He continued, “There is scarcely any gap between a viral video and a violent assault.
“The time between a Facebook post and the destruction of gravestones is closer than we might suppose.”
While the European Fundamental Rights Agency reported that nine out of ten Jews believe antisemitism has increased in their country, a group monitoring antisemitism in Germany said that it documented more than 2,700 incidents in the country in 2021, including 63 attacks and six cases of extreme violence.
The United States has also seen an increase in bigotry and hate speech.
At Auschwitz, 1.1 million people were slaughtered by Nazi German forces, mostly Jews but Poles, Roma, and others.
In 2005, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution designating January 27 as International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
The Nazis and their allies murdered millions, including about 6 million European Jews.
There were kids among the 1.5 million.
Herzog acknowledged that Israel is vulnerable to criticism as it approaches its 75th anniversary later this year, but he contended that doing so would undermine the State of Israel.
He declared that it was antisemitism in the truest sense and needed to be eradicated.
The standard is straightforward: Criticism of us must uphold the fundamental ideals of justice and morality and not transcend the line into dehumanization or delegitimization.
Herzog also criticized Iran as it continues with its ruthless crackdown in response to large-scale demonstrations organized by Iranian youth.
To combat “the forces of darkness and hatred that threaten to destroy us,” he urged the world community.
“I speak first and foremost about the Iranian regime, which not only openly calls for the destruction of my nation but also executes its citizens fighting for freedom, human rights, and civil rights, igniting civil unrest.
Earlier this week, the European Union imposed sanctions on dozens of Iranian officials and groups believed to have participated in the security crackdown on protesters.
The 27-nation group has also taken legal action against Iranians suspected of providing Russia with explosive drones for use in its conflict with Ukraine.