Topics: Main Topic: Antisemitism, Antisemitism, Antisemitism: Monitoring, Antisemitism: Muslim, Anti-Zionism, European Union
Abstract: Alerted early in 2002 by worrying news on anti-Semitic incidents in some Member States the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia (EUMC) decided to commission a report on “Manifestations of Anti-Semitism in the EU” covering the first half of 2002. The report is based partly on short-term information provided to the authors by National Focal Points (NFPs) of the EUMC, giving special emphasis to the period between May 15 and June 15. The NFPs are the contact points to national networks in the Member States reporting regularly to the EUMC within its European Information Network RAXEN. In their reports the National Focal Points were asked to cover the following issues: – Physical acts of violence towards Jews, their communities, organisations or their property; – Verbal aggression/hate speech and other, subtler forms of discrimination towards Jews; – Research studies reporting anti-Semitic violence or opinion polls on changed attitudes towards Jews; – Good practices for reducing prejudice, violence and aggression by NGOs; – Reactions by politicians and other opinion leaders including initiatives to reduce polarization and counteract negative national trends.