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Spanish Member of the European Parliament asks European Commission for measures to combat growing antisemitism

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According to the conclusions of a Survey on fundamental rights in the EU, 85 per cent of Jewish Europeans consider anti-Semitism to be the main social issue in their country, and almost 40 per cent have thought of migrating because they don’t feel safe as Jewish people in Europe.

A Spanish Member of the European Parliament has asked the European Commission what measures they are planning  to put in place in order to fight growing anti-Semitism in Europe.

‘’Given the wave of antisemitic attacks that´s been taking place in the EU over the past few years, it seems Europe is going backwards in time and that feelings of hatred and intolerance we thought buried are re-emerging,’’ stated  Antonio López-Istúriz, of the European People’s Party (EPP) group, in his question to the Commission.

He also asked if there is a specific programme for Members States to commit to implementing policies to combat racism and xenophobia.

According to the MEP, the EU has passed effective and ambitious policies in the past, such as the Framework Decision against Racism and Xenophobia, to ensure the application of a clear legislation and with a common approach so the same racist and xenophobic behavior constitutes an offence in all Member States.

But he regrets that several Member States are yet to adequately transpose the measures. “Now more than ever policies like this cannot afford to be forgotten or not followed through with,” he told the European Commission.

According to the conclusions of a Survey on fundamental rights in the EU, 85 per cent of Jewish Europeans consider anti-Semitism to be the main social issue in their country, and almost 40 per cent have thought of migrating because they don’t feel safe as Jewish people in Europe.

López-Istúriz is President of the European Parliament Delegation for Relations with Israel and Secretary General of the European People’s Party (EPP).

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