Newsletter Combating antisemitism and fostering Jewish life


News Europa - pubblicata il 12 Febbraio 2024


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Source: European Commission Spokesperson's Service 

 

 

Newsletter Nr. 59

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Special edition on EU funding opportunities for civil society and public authorities

EU NETWORK OF PLACES WHERE THE HOLOCAUST HAPPENED

Call for tenders to develop the “EU Network of places where the Holocaust happened”

This week, the European Commission is supporting with €3 million the remembrance of the Holocaust through the creation of a ‘European Network of Places where the Holocaust happened‘. The network will make a major long-term contribution to ensure the memory of the victims of the Holocaust is remembered, in line with historic factual truths. It will support the protection and preservation of Holocaust sites and raise awareness among national and local authorities, as well as the public and local communities about the Holocaust as a historical atrocity.

The EU Strategy on combating antisemitism and fostering Jewish life highlights the importance of Holocaust survivors in keeping the memory of the atrocities of the Holocaust alive. The memory of the last generation of survivors is precious and needs to be safeguarded. Holocaust sites – such as Nazi death camps, shooting grounds, deportation points and hiding places – are becoming ever more important to preserve and honour the memory of the victims and survivors, and to ensure their stories are told accurately.

Vice-President Margaritis Schinas said:

“In recent months we have seen an alarming surge in antisemitic hate crimes, hate speech, conspiracy myths and disinformation reminding us of the darkest chapters of our history. We need to focus on preserving the sites scarred by the Holocaust so we may never forget what happens when we let antisemitism and other forms of hatred spread without challenge.”

The financial support is made available in a call for tenders. Organisations are invited to submit their tender by 24 May at the latest. All relevant information can be found here.

Opening for submission:  7 February 2024

Deadline for submitting applications: 24 May 2024

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CALLS FOR PROPOSALS

Call for proposals on the protection of Jewish places of worship, schools, and community gatherings

The protection of public places, including among others places of worship, is crucial, as reconfirmed by the surge of antisemitic incidents across the European Union, following the unprecedented terrorist attack by Hamas on Israel in early October 2023.

Violent criminal attacks on the Jewish community have acted as a shocking reminder that we can never be complacent about the resurgence of hatred. Antisemitism is incompatible with all the European Union stands for.

Places of worship, schools and community gatherings associated with the Jewish faith in the EU face a complex range of threats today, and preparedness and resilience are key aspects to ensure their protection. Under this topic the call aims at enhancing the protection of places of worship, schools and community gatherings visibly associated with the Jewish faith.

Planned opening date: 08 February 2024

Deadline date: 04 April 2024
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Call for proposals for action grants to support transnational projects on judicial training covering civil law, criminal law or fundamental rights, including on prosecuting antisemitic hate speech and hate crime

In line with the Commission Communication ‘Ensuring justice in the EU — a European judicial training strategy for 2021-2024′, the primary objective of the call is to support training promoting the digitalisation of national justice systems.
Training funded under this call are expected to build the “digital capacity” of justice professionals and promote the digital transition of judicial training methodologies, while also contributing to the effective and coherent application of EU law in the areas of civil law, criminal law, and fundamental rights, including non-discrimination, equality, and the rule of law.

This includes training activities and materials to support justice professionals to recognise and prosecute antisemitic hate speech and hate crime in line with the EU Strategy on combating antisemitism and fostering Jewish life (2021 – 2030).

Opening for submission:  19 December 2023

Deadline for submitting applications: 21 March 2024

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NEWS

Survey on combating antisemitism through sport is now live

As part of the EU-funded project BRIDGES, run by CEJI – A Jewish contribution to an inclusive Europe, the World Jewish Congress, and What Matters, a questionnaire on combating antisemitism through sport is now available online. The survey is addressed to representatives of Jewish communities and institutions in Europe and aims to gather information about Holocaust remembrance, antisemitism prevention, and the promotion of Jewish life in sports.
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New report by ISD on ‘The Fragility of Freedom: Online Holocaust Denial and Distortion’

A new report from the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD) has been published, with Forward by Katharina von Schnurbein, European Commission Coordinator on combating antisemitism and fostering Jewish life. The report investigates the contemporary challenges of online Holocaust denial and distortion.
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