The leaders of the Euro-Asian Jewish Congress expressed deep concern about the statement by UN Secretary-General António Guterres about the increase in the number of incidents involving anti-Semitism in 2018 by 13% compared with a year earlier.
In her speech at the UN General Assembly, the President of the General Assembly, Maria Fernanda Espinosa, reported on the rise of anti-Semitism in Europe and other regions, and called on the international community to monitor hate publications on the Internet.
According to a study by the Technical University in Berlin, during the period from 2007 to 2018, the number of anti-Semitic comments on the Internet has almost tripled. This disturbing phenomenon is primarily reflected in social networks, which contributes to the rapid spread of hatred towards the Jewish people and the Jewish state.
“We are deeply concerned about the growing anti-Semitism, including demonization and delegitimization of Israel. We cannot put up with this shameful and extremely dangerous phenomenon, so we call on state leaders to struggle tirelessly against manifestations of hatred and acts of violence against Jews”,- said EAJC President Mikhail Mirilashvili.
“The EAJC will continue active opposition to the inhuman manifestations of modern anti-Semitism, which is not part of state policy, as it was in Nazi Germany. This means that this noble fight falls upon the shoulders of the authorities. Therefore, we will openly protest against the connivance with the anti-Semites and encourage governments to take action against anti-Semitism, ” said EAJC Director General Haim Ben Yaakov.