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Moshe Kantor Tells Europe: ‘The Time for Marches Is Over’

President of the European Jewish Congress Moshe Kantor

Moshe Kantor, President of the European Jewish Congress, wrote a letter published in the Telegraph, declaring that “The time for marches is over, ” and there needs to be practical solutions to stem the rising tide of anti-Semitism, which many European Jews feel is at its most severe pitch since the Nazi era.

“The time for symbolism is over, ” Kantor declared, and announced that the European Jewish Congress in conjunction with the European Parliament and the Czech Republic will host a 2 day event on January 26th and 27th, the fourth annual “Let My People Live!” forum to discuss concrete solutions for dealing with anti-semitism.

The threat is double pronged. According to a survey from the Anti-Defamation League, 24% of the population in Western Europe and  34% in Eastern Europe harbored “classic” anti-semitic views, and answered in the affirmative to questions asking if they thought Jews had too much influence in the financial world. The rise of Neo-Nazi movements coupled with attacks by Muslim fundamentalists leave Jews feeling increasingly threatened and isolated in Europe.

Members of the European Jewish Congress met with EU foreign policy chief and European Commission vice president, Frederica Mogherini in Strasbourg. Moshe Kantor requested a special European Union envoy and a task force to combat anti-semitism. The U.S. already has a special envoy to monitor and combat anti-semitism.

According to ejPress, Mogherini expressed optimism that the problem of anti-semitism can be tackled across borders and a “comprehensive strategy” needs to be developed for dealing with dangerous, extreme views that can lead to violence. Kantor emphasized that the murder of four Jews at the kosher supermarket in Paris was not an isolated incident, “We were warned after the Toulouse school massacre (2012) and again after the Brussels Jewish museum massacre (2014) that Jews are facing even greater threats, ” said Kantor.



  1. Alon Solomon

    January 16, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    people had been attacked before, millions were wiped out, but no matter how
    much they try, they will never wipe us out.

  2. jarrodj

    January 16, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    agree with you Alon Solomon.

  3. Alon Solomon

    January 16, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    for agreeing jarrod, but what I meant is that, while it’s true that we Jews have faced
    such anti-Semites in the past, but the threat we face has always united the
    Jewish people. Despite the attacks, Jewish mentality has always been to look
    forward in life, it’s because of this that we have survived mass extermination
    of Nazi Germany in WW2, and the hates of radical Arabs over the years, and still
    standing tall and strong. As we have survived, we know what a miracle it’s to
    be alive.

  4. jarrodj

    January 16, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    Alon Solomon 
    resilience in the face of adversity is quite well known.

  5. Alon Solomon

    January 16, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    jarrodj Alon Solomon That
    resilience is passed on from the earlier generation of our elders who survived
    the Holocaust. They know what is to be alive. My grandmother always used to ask
    me what I’m going to do with my life. She used to insist that I should get
    married as soon as I finish college. She wanted me to have a family and lots of
    kids. I guess, her generation due to their ordeal knows how short and precious
    life can be.

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