Michael Whine: Europe’s undertakings to combat Antisemitism


1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 The primary role of governments is to protect their citizens from harm, and the role of the intergovernmental organisations (IGOs) is to establish binding and voluntary agreements to ensure the orderly and peaceful interaction between states. Additionally the IGOs advise states on best practice in matters of strategic importance and provide assistance where requested.

2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 Putting aside the human rights and other conventions agreed at the global level by the United Nations, I shall examine the role of the European IGOs in combating antisemitism, and assess their successes and limitations. I will do so by discussing the decisions and programmes of the European Union (EU), the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the Council of Europe (CoE), and their agencies. Some of the agreements focus on the wider issues of racism and hate crime but in doing so they incorporate action against antisemitism; other agreements

3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 have a narrower focus and are specifically limited to antisemitism. Necessarily this requires surveying progress at a national level, which is where the initiatives impact Jewish communities.

4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 EU concerns over mounting racism and antisemitism were first signalled in the 1994 Resolution on Racism, Xenophobia and Antisemitism, and the 1995 Communication from the Commission on racism, xenophobia and antisemitism which proposed that 1997 be designated as European Year against Racism.[1] In these earlier years no attempt was made to differentiate the various harms, or to examine their specific natures, and they were treated as a whole. Since 2003 however European states have developed their undertakings to combat antisemitism specifically and have begun to identify problem areas which they must address in order to do so more effectively. In the following years they have agreed upon working definitions of antisemitism and Holocaust denial and established bias indicators to describe contemporary antisemitism. They have improved their collection of data on incidents and crimes, and have instituted a series of political and legal agreements that condemn antisemitism and call for the prosecution of perpetrators of crimes motivated by it. They have also published practical guidelines to enable criminal justice authorities to combat antisemitism. Official statistics are now augmented by large-scale polling and surveys, and training programmes have been instituted for law-enforcement personnel that focus on hate crime generally, and that motivated by antisemitism categorically.

5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 0 This progress has been achieved by the 28 states of the EU, the 47 states of the CoE and the 57 states participating in the OSCE. Some agreements are limited to a particular IGO and its member states, but increasing inter-agency collaboration ensures that other states will also benefit. However, it is at the national level when states apply the agreements that weaknesses emerge and it is these which are examined in the second part of the chapter.

Political and legal agreements to combat Antisemitism 

6 Leave a comment on paragraph 6 0 As antisemitic incidents in Europe rose at the end of the twentieth and start of the twenty-first centuries, the OSCE was persuaded to hold an international meeting in Vienna in 2003. Prominent political and Jewish leaders from the United States, Canada, and Europe spoke in turn about the problem, but they had no mandate to take action.[2] However, the Vienna meeting overcame European governments’ reluctance to address the issue, and thereafter they began to consider their responsibilities toward their Jewish citizens in a more effective manner. They noted the threats posed by the spillover of Middle East tensions, and the antisemitic messages promoted by Arab states and their media and by Islamist bodies. The Vienna meeting had been preceded by the 2002 OSCE Ministerial Council meeting in Porto, where the rise in all types of hate crimes was discussed. The conference declaration noted their concern over “the manifestation of aggressive nationalism, racism, chauvinism, xenophobia, antisemitism, and violent extremism, wherever they may occur.”[3] The following year, at the urging of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, and following a recommendation from the OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting, the OSCE held the Berlin Conference in May 2004. The conference declaration committed the OSCE to collecting data on antisemitism and other hate crimes, to periodically review such data, and to identify best practices to counter antisemitism. It also appointed a personal representative of the chairman in office, whose task is to report on the progress being made by participating states.[4]

7 Leave a comment on paragraph 7 0 Berlin was followed by other high-level OSCE conferences in Cordoba, Bucharest, and Astana at which the mechanisms for monitoring antisemitism were established; teaching materials on antisemitism, Jewish history, and the Holocaust were commissioned; and training for criminal justice agency personnel was put in place.[5] However, ODIHR was unwilling to combat antisemitism on its own at that point; it had to be addressed in concert with other forms of hatred. Jewish representatives had no issue with the decision but argued instead that the longevity and uniqueness of antisemitism required focused action across a broad range of fronts, including in the realms of religion, education, and law enforcement.

8 Leave a comment on paragraph 8 0 Ten years after the first Berlin conference, a second conference was convened in November 2014 to review progress in the wake of a continuing rise in incidents and the terror attack on the Brussels Jewish Museum five months earlier in May. That gathering focused on Jewish concerns more concretely. The conference recommendations were referred to the December 2015 Ministerial Council meeting in Basel, which proposed to offer member states a set of best practices to combat antisemitism and enhance the security of communities, which are noted below.[6]

9 Leave a comment on paragraph 9 0 The Words into Action program was an outcome of the Basel ministerial meeting and is intended to strengthen states’ and civil society capacities to prevent and respond to antisemitism and terrorism against Jewish communities. The three-year program is structured around three themes: addressing communities’ security needs; education about Jews and antisemitism; and coalition-building between Jews and other faiths. The work streams bring together police officers, Jewish community security experts, educators, and interfaith activists to define and promote best practices.[7] At the time of this writing, the security program is the most advanced, and memoranda of understanding to initiate training have been signed between the OSCE and several governments. The Words into Action security handbook notes OSCE commitments, human rights standards, key government obligations toward their Jewish citizens, and describes anti-Jewish crimes and hate speech and their impact on Jewish communities. It provides practical security advice for Jewish communities, police and security services, describes their security needs, and effectively draws together many of the above-listed recommendations. Its appendices include the IHRA Working Definition of Antisemitism, the UK Community Security Trust Police Guide to Judaism and Jewish religious dates, and it is being translated into a number of languages.[8]

10 Leave a comment on paragraph 10 0 Addressing Anti-Semitism through Education and Coalition Building for Tolerance and Non-Discrimination, the second and third elements in the Words into Action program, were both launched in mid-2018, the former in partnership with UNESCO, and at the time of writing await final acceptance by OSCE participating states.[9]

11 Leave a comment on paragraph 11 0 Within the framework of the EU, a similar process was also developing, propelled by the rise in antisemitic incidents. In 2002, the European Union Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia (EUMC) commissioned the fifteen National Focal Points of its Racism and Xenophobia Network (RAXEN) of national human rights and equalities commissions to collect data on antisemitism within the EU. It also commissioned Berlin’s Technical University Centre for Research on Antisemitism to analyze the reports and publish a composite analysis. Their findings were not well received by the EUMC board, allegedly because they apportioned much of the blame for rising antisemitism on Europe’s Muslim communities, and a clumsy attempt was made to suppress them.

12 Leave a comment on paragraph 12 0 When the report was leaked to the media, the EUMC was obliged to commission a second report, “Perceptions of Antisemitism in the European Union,” based on Jewish leaders’ perceptions of the threats to their communities. This confirmed the findings of the first report.

13 Leave a comment on paragraph 13 0 The final composite report, “Manifestations of Antisemitism in the EU 2002–2003,” finally acknowledged what the Jewish communities had sensed for some time: that tension in the Middle East led to dramatic rises in antisemitic incidents and that activists from the extreme right were no longer the primary perpetrators, at least in Western Europe. The report also called for the regular monitoring of data, and a workable definition of antisemitism for the post-Holocaust era, in which anti-Zionism often serves as a mask for Jew hatred. The latter recommendation was taken up by the EUMC, and a working definition was agreed upon after academics and activists were asked to submit ideas. Representatives of the American Jewish Committee and the European Jewish Congress negotiated the final wording in Vienna, alongside OSCE representatives.[10]

14 Leave a comment on paragraph 14 0 The definition was not intended as a legal one, and neither the EUMC nor its successor, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), formally adopted it, although they published it on their websites. Although the FRA removed it from its website after several years, it was subsequently adopted, in slightly modified form, by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), the successor to the Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, the outcome of the International Forum on the Holocaust. This had been convened in 2000 by Swedish Prime Minister Göran Persson. The definition sits alongside the IHRA Working Definition of Holocaust Denial and both definitions have been accepted by the thirty-one member states of IHRA.[11] The European Parliament and the governments of Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Lithuania, Macedonia, Romania, Scotland, and the UK have adopted it thus far.[12] The US State Department also promotes it as does the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI), the human rights commission which advises CoE member states on human rights and inspects their compliance with the European Convention on Human Rights. It is included in the ECRI short version of the General Policy Recommendation Number 9 on Antisemitism published in 2017.[13] (See below) Adoption in itself however has merely a declaratory value and it is hoped that states will use it as a guide for their criminal justice systems.

15 Leave a comment on paragraph 15 0 At a political level, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, a body of parliamentarians appointed by their national parliaments, has passed two resolutions: in 2007, on combatting antisemitism in Europe, and again in 2016 on the renewed commitment in the fight against antisemitism in Europe. The first drew attention to the growth of antisemitism, often fuelled by Middle East tension and migrant communities, the need to “vigorously and systematically enforce legislation,” and to address the growth of online hate and antisemitism via the Additional Protocol to the CoE Convention on Cybercrime (see below).[14]

16 Leave a comment on paragraph 16 0 The 2016 resolution contains seven recommendations: the need for comprehensive legislation covering hate crime and hate speech, denial and trivialization of the Holocaust, prosecution of public figures who incite antisemitism, and enhanced penalties on conviction of such offences; the need for efficient data collection; education against antisemitism and on the Holocaust; respect for all faiths and appreciation of diversity by the media; enhancing the security of Jewish communities; promotion of CoE anti-racism initiatives; and the recognition of the role of civil society organizations and the need to support them.[15]

17 Leave a comment on paragraph 17 0 The European law calling for the prosecution of those who engage in antisemitic incitement is contained within EU Framework Decision 2008/913/JHA, which established a minimum legal level for incitement based on racial or religious grounds, and denial or gross trivialization of genocide, including the Holocaust.[16] States were required to transpose its provisions into domestic law by November 2010. The protections it afforded were augmented in 2012 by Directive 2012/29/EU, which established minimum standards on the rights, support, and protection of victims of crime. Again, this law did not reference antisemitism specifically. However, placing the rights of victims at the heart of the criminal justice response to hate crime, including that motivated by antisemitism, thereby strengthened the protection afforded to European Jews.[17]

18 Leave a comment on paragraph 18 0 The 2003 Additional Protocol to the CoE Convention on Cybercrime concerning the criminalization of acts of a racist and xenophobic nature committed through computer systems binds signatory states to criminalizing online racial and religious incitement and the denial of genocide, including the Holocaust, and the EU now requires member states to transpose it into domestic law.[18]

19 Leave a comment on paragraph 19 0 Thus, three separate but overlapping laws offer a high degree of protection to Jewish communities. Moreover the effect of the legislation has been significantly strengthened by the case law of the Strasbourg-based European Court of Human Rights, which applies the European Convention on Human Rights to cases brought to it by CoE member states and individuals. Its judgements are binding and require governments to amend their legislation and administrative practice in a wide range of human rights-related areas. The court has ruled on a number of cases in defence of the rights of Jews, including upholding criminal convictions against Holocaust deniers, those who promote ethnic hate against Jews, those who insult Jews on account of their religious and racial origin, and those who incite acts of terrorism.[19]

20 Leave a comment on paragraph 20 0 The 2017 European Parliament resolution on combating antisemitism also calls for the adoption of the working definition of antisemitism in order to uphold law enforcement and judicial action; the enhancement of Jewish communities’ security; assistance for the European coordinator on combating antisemitism; the appointment of national coordinators to combat antisemitism; and the establishment of cross-party parliamentary groups to strengthen support across the political spectrum. It highlights the important role of civil society, and calls for financial backing for civil society initiatives; media respect for diversity and training for journalists; the full and proper implementation of the 2008 Framework Decision; penalty enhancement on conviction for anti-Jewish crimes where none exists; the establishment of dedicated hate crimes police units; cross border cooperation in the prosecution of hate crimes; comprehensive and efficient hate crime data systems; the enforcement of the Code of Conduct; and Holocaust teaching and a review and funding of teaching materials to ensure that Jewish history and contemporary Jewish life are presented in a comprehensive and balanced manner. Finally, the resolution calls on member states to officially commemorate the Holocaust, and for the EC to liaise closely with other IGOs to combat antisemitism at the international level.[20]

21 Leave a comment on paragraph 21 0 Drawing states’ attention to antisemitism falls within the mandate of the CoE Commissioner for Human Rights, and in 2016 he published a warning to governments about the growth in Holocaust denial, and of making any false equivalence between the Holocaust and the suffering endured under Soviet occupation of Central and Eastern Europe.[21] Recognising that the GPRs prepared by ECRI are seen only by governments, ECRI now publishes short versions to help civil society organisations understand the obligations which their governments have undertaken. The GPR on Antisemitism was first published in 2004 but an abridged version was published in 2017 and will be available with others in the series towards the end of 2018. Jewish communities can then use it as a checklist to monitor their government’s compliance.[22]

Overcoming weaknesses in applying the agreements

22 Leave a comment on paragraph 22 0 Despite the considerable progress made by the IGOs at a regional level over the past twenty years, there are continuing weaknesses at the national level which result in patchy and uneven application of the agreements.

23 Leave a comment on paragraph 23 0 These deficiencies can be the consequence of one or several reasons: reluctance or to change due to political or cultural reasons or institutional racism; slow or partial application of international agreements at the local level; slow transformation by criminal justice systems to accommodate new thinking and practices. Insofar as the first of these is concerned, the FRA has suggested that recent political gains by populist far right parties may be leading to reduced commitment to improve the human rights protection of minorities. It noted that they have increased their percentage of the overall vote in those countries where they have stood from 5% in 1997 to 16% in the most recent parliamentary elections, and concludes that the election results therefore foster a social climate that provides fertile ground for racism, discrimination and hate crime.[23]

24 Leave a comment on paragraph 24 0 This may be the case, but the FRA has advanced other reasons for states’ failures to apply the agreements made at a regional level, which it has repeated in its annual reporting for several years, which predate the rise in right wing populism and explain the second reason. These failures fall into four areas: inadequate practical implementation and application of the 2000 Racial Equality Directive which prohibits discrimination on the grounds of race and ethnic origin and which defines direct and indirect discrimination and harassment; ineffective investigation and prosecution of hate crime, including hate speech; the lack of dedicated national action plans to fight racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, in the absence of accompanying performance indicators and monitoring and evaluation mechanisms; the lack of systematic training on applying anti-discrimination legislation for law enforcement officers.[24]

25 Leave a comment on paragraph 25 0 The major complaints however are the failure by some states to transpose and apply the Framework Decision, or to transpose it effectively, and to apply the Racial Equality Directive. Recognising these lacunae led the FRA to warn that

26 Leave a comment on paragraph 26 0 “The EC initiated formal inquiries into Member States that still had major gaps in transposing the Framework Decision on Racism and Xenophobia into national law. The Commission intended to launch infringement procedures where necessary. This prompted notable legislative developments in a number of Member States”.[25]

27 Leave a comment on paragraph 27 0 A two year research project undertaken on behalf of the EU Directorate-General Justice in five jurisdictions (the Czech Republic, England and Wales, Ireland, Latvia and Sweden) to mark the tenth anniversary of the adoption of the 2008 Framework Decision established that hate crime policy in the EU and the wider Council of Europe is only applied in a piecemeal fashion. They noted there is no overarching policy across Europe on hate crime, either from the perspective of the EU or the CoE although the OSCE has developed a number of policies in the area. These typically emerge from a desire to combat racism and only then are expanded to incorporate other forms of racism of which hate crime is one component they asserted.[26]

28 Leave a comment on paragraph 28 0 The report authors added that police recording of hate crime data may be undermined by victims failing to communicate their experiences to the police, and that some states overstated their compliance with the Framework Decision in considering any ‘hate element’ in sentencing defendants charged with hate crimes. These failures inevitably lead to under recording of hate crimes, including those motivated by antisemitism.[27]

29 Leave a comment on paragraph 29 0 The absence of policies, and the resultant piecemeal approach by states, is a perennial criticism by the FRA which annually reviews Member States’ progress in implementing the 2008 Framework Decision, and the 2000 Racial Equality Directive. The agency noted that “in 2017 only 14 states had in place action plans and strategies aimed at combating racism and ethnic discrimination”. (p.67)[28]

30 Leave a comment on paragraph 30 0 There remain serious gaps in the collection of official data by law enforcement and other relevant authorities. According to the November 2017 FRA report, no data was available for eleven out of twenty-eight EU member states. The ODIHR report published in the same month notes that only thirty-four out of fifty-seven states submitted official data, of which only twenty-three did so on antisemitism. The FRA observed that “few record antisemitism in a way that allows them to collect adequate official data.”[29] The lack of official records, coupled with victims’ hesitance to report incidents, contributes to the gross underreporting of the extent and characteristics of antisemitism. This limits the ability of policy makers and other relevant stakeholders at all levels to assess the effectiveness of policies or to implement new initiatives. This, in turn, allows perpetrators to think that they can carry out such attacks with relative impunity. Victims who do not report their experiences to authorities also not receive the assistance that the 2012 directive mandates.

31 Leave a comment on paragraph 31 0 With regard to data collection, the FRA observed that the data that does exist is generally not compatible, not least because it is collected using different methodologies and from different sources. Although official data collection systems are generally based on police records or criminal justice data, authorities do not always categorize incidents motivated by antisemitism under that heading. The FRA therefore concluded:

32 Leave a comment on paragraph 32 0 The current state of official data collection is such that the present report can only provide an overview of the data available on antisemitism in EU Member States. Due to gaps in data collection and high levels of under-reporting, the data presented here cannot be taken as an accurate portrayal of the prevalence of antisemitism in any given EU Member State, nor should these data be used to compare the situation in different countries. Nevertheless, the data that do exist show that antisemitism remains an issue of serious concern and that decisive and targeted policy responses are needed to tackle this phenomenon.[30]

33 Leave a comment on paragraph 33 0 Dissatisfied with states’ lack of progress in measuring hate crime, the EC launched the EU High Level Group in June 2016. This followed the 2015 Annual Colloquium on Fundamental Rights on “Tolerance and respect: preventing and combating antisemitic and anti-Muslim hatred” and is designed to speed progress on priority issues. These are countering hate speech online and improving methodologies for recording and collecting data on hate crime. The membership of the group includes representatives of all the IGOs and states’ national points of contact on hate crime.[31]

34 Leave a comment on paragraph 34 0 Four training schemes assist states to identify, investigate and record hate crimes. ODIHR offers hate crime training courses for police officers and prosecutors, and the EU Agency for Law Enforcement Training (CEPOL) launched webinar-based courses in 2017. Important though they are, these involve only a minority of officers and prosecutors, and any learning takes time to trickle down to police officers on the streets.[32] To reinforce these projects, the EC is now also funding “Facing all the Facts,” a partnership between three national Jewish agencies (CEJI, CST, and CIDI), three national police agencies (those of the UK, Hungary, and Italy), and the OSCE, for police officers.[33] This originated, in part, in a project to enable Jewish communities to gather information on antisemitism to the standards required by criminal justice authorities, and many communities’ representatives have participated in it.

35 Leave a comment on paragraph 35 0 In yet another recent report by FRA, its director notes that laws against hate crime are in place, as are enhanced penalties for crimes motivated by bias but that
“There are two major catches. Only a fraction of victims report hate-motivated harassment and violence to the police. Moreover, even when they do, police officers do not always flag them as hate crimes. Some may not recognize certain incidents as stemming from prejudice. Others may simply lack the necessary practical tools, such as reporting forms, that allow racist motivation to be noted – or the inclination to provide information not always deemed obligatory. This means these hate crimes remain unidentified or unrecorded – and thus un-investigated, unprosecuted, unaccounted and, ultimately, invisible.”[34]

36 Leave a comment on paragraph 36 0 The other priority area is addressed by the EC Sub-Group on Countering Hate Speech Online, established in May 2016, which monitors the four largest social networks’ application of the Code of Conduct on Countering Illegal Hate Speech Online.[35] In recognizing the substantial role played by social networks in promoting the spread of hate speech, including antisemitism, and their unwillingness to adhere to European legal norms, the EC seeks to monitor their efficiency and speed in removing illegal content brought to their notice by civil society organizations. The exercise is forcing the networks to strengthen their reporting systems, training their staff to recognize and act against illegal hate speech, and increasing their cooperation with civil society. A third monitoring exercise ran from mid-November to mid-December 2017, and although the results have yet to be published at the time of writing, a fourth is planned for the latter quarter of 2018, at which time it will also cover two smaller platforms which joined the process in 2018.[36]

37 Leave a comment on paragraph 37 0 To assist the European Parliament and its member states to confront antisemitism, the European Parliament Working Group on Antisemitism was established in 2012. Among those who provide progress reports are the EC coordinator on combating antisemitism, who was appointed by the EC vice president and justice commissioner in December 2015. The coordinator serves as a dedicated contact point for Jewish communities. Developing overarching strategies, with a mission to produce tangible results, the coordinator has assisted members of the European Parliament in passing the April 2017 resolution and the IHRA Working Definition on Antisemitism, identifying funding streams for civil society organisations, and provides ongoing valuable advice.[37]

38 Leave a comment on paragraph 38 0 States that have held parliamentary and other high-level inquiries into antisemitism have been able to identify the ways in which antisemitism manifests itself and the directions from which it comes, and to propose remedial action. The UK, Italy, Germany, and Norway have all held inquiries, and their value is enhanced when they are followed by regular reviews by government or parliament to ensure that recommendations are scrutinized and acted on. Holding governments to account is necessary if progress is to be made. Government action plans, aimed at combating hate crime and racism, likewise focus attention and provide measurement of progress.[38]

39 Leave a comment on paragraph 39 0 Appointing high-level envoys charged with promoting action against antisemitism has likewise paid dividends. In the case of the UK, the envoy doubles as IHRA representative, and the German envoy previously served as his country’s representative on IHRA.[39]

40 Leave a comment on paragraph 40 0 Large scale surveys were designed to fill the gaps in knowledge left by the inadequacies of official data collection, and the 2013 FRA poll of 5,900 Jews’ experiences of antisemitism in eight EU states revealingly demonstrated the limitations of official data collection on antisemitism. Its worrying conclusions were that 66 percent of respondents considered antisemitism to be a problem; 76 percent considered that antisemitism had worsened; 23 percent occasionally avoided Jewish events because they felt unsafe; 64 percent who had experienced physical violence or threats of violence did not report their experience to the police or any other organization; and 82 percent who had experienced discrimination did not report it. Equally concerning was the finding that 42 to 53 percent, depending on location, were not aware of legislation that protects Jews from such forms of discrimination.[40]

41 Leave a comment on paragraph 41 0 A second survey with additional questions was launched in mid-2017 covering five more than the original eight states. Preliminary reports are due at the end of 2018, and it will be instructive to see if there have been any improvements in Jews’ perceptions of their security, or trust in their states’ law enforcement procedures following the initiatives described above.[41]

42 Leave a comment on paragraph 42 0 Following discussion at the High Level Group and based on the recommendations of the two sub groups, on data collection and combating online hate, the FRA is now increasing its advice on best practices to enable states to improve their monitoring of hate crimes and to assist victims. Grouped around the theme that better recording of hate crime helps support victims, the FRA suggests that adoption of their advice will both enable policy makers to prioritise action against hate crime as well sending a message that hate crimes are not to be tolerated.[42]

43 Leave a comment on paragraph 43 0 Among these are that states must collect detailed data on the various biases behind hate crime. Only 15 Member States currently do so, but the information obtained enables them to monitor their responses and to build trust with victims of hate crime. A second recommendation is that Member States should conduct victimization surveys to understand the gap between official hate crime reporting and the perceptions and experiences of hate crime. The shocking revelation from the FRA Survey on Perceptions of Antisemitism was that 64 percent of victims of violent antisemitism did not report their attack to the police or any other body, and that 82 per cent of victims of discrimination did not report. The two yearly large scale Crime Survey of England and Wales, is used by the Home Office and other departments of state to evaluate and develop crime reduction policies as well as pinpointing the changing nature and levels of crime. The UK is only one of nine Member States to conduct such polling and the assessment is that the gaps between what the police report and what victims report is substantial. FRA recommends that Member States should capitalize on civil society expertise and strengthen training and collaboration across a range of areas. This replicates the advice given in the OSCE Word into Action programme which was compiled using Jewish community expertise. Greater tolerance towards minority cultures is recommended as this will enhance the state authorities’ understanding of hate crime. Finally, the police have to be trained to recognize and record the bias motive behind hate crime. Others have stressed the importance of first responders to a crime recording the victims or witnesses perception of bias in order that uncover the full nature of the crime.

44 Leave a comment on paragraph 44 0 Only by including the bias motive in any indictment that may follow can the courts assess the scale and motivation for the crime. Again it is only a minority of EU Member States that currently provide training although three programmes are currently on offer, as noted above.

45 Leave a comment on paragraph 45 0 To encourage states that have yet to overcome their reservations about collaborating with civil society or which otherwise need assistance, the FRA also publishes a Compendium of Practices, with states are free to incorporate into their own practices.[43]


46 Leave a comment on paragraph 46 0 European institutions were slow to recognize that rising antisemitism was coming from new and different directions at the end of the twentieth century. However they took note of the increase in racism and racist violence and began to legislate and adopt   strategies to combat the threat. But it was only after Jewish leaders highlighted their concerns that antisemitism and antisemitic incidents were continuing to rise did they consider dealing with it as a separate human rights abuse. Thereafter several years elapsed before they developed their understanding and capacities to monitor it separately, and then construct policies to combat it.

47 Leave a comment on paragraph 47 0 It also took them some years to move forward from issuing worthy declarations and resolutions to taking effective action. Indeed, the resolutions and statements they have agreed upon have pushed them to recognize the necessity of taking action, as they cannot ignore the specific character and dangers of antisemitism. This has required both more holistic and focused responses than those required to combat other forms of racism.

48 Leave a comment on paragraph 48 0 It is a lengthy process to transpose European laws into domestic legislation. It requires parliamentary action, and governments might argue that they have had other more pressing concerns, but their progress is monitored by the EC which has the power to inspect the transposition of directives, and to hold governments to account. Some governments might be further impeded by the growth of right wing populism. Yet other barriers have been the reluctance of some states’ authorities to work collaboratively with civil society, including Jewish communities. Again this issue was addressed in the 2012 Directive, the 2017 European Parliament resolution and the Words into Action programme, all of which encourage states to utilise civil society expertise.

49 Leave a comment on paragraph 49 0 It is clear nevertheless that despite the enactment of European laws and the creation of agreements to protect Jewish communities and combat antisemitism many barriers still remain at a national level. These are compounded by the perception that other communities’ problems are more pressing, that absorbing millions of recent migrants require governments’ attention, and that there are very few Jews in all but a few states.

50 Leave a comment on paragraph 50 0 Those states willing and able to apply the agreements in the manner intended nevertheless should seek to institutionalise them so that they do not fall by the wayside as governments’ priorities change. Jewish communities will remain at risk, until states prioritise the fight against antisemitism, and institute more informed and efficient protection for them.


51 Leave a comment on paragraph 51 0 [1] Resolution of the European Parliament on racism, xenophobia and anti-semitism, October 27, 1994 (OJ C 323/154,20.11.1994); Resolution of the European Parliament on racism, xenophobia and anti-semitism, October 26, 1995 (OJ C 308/140,20.11.1995), http://www.europarl.europa.eu/workingpapers/libe/102/text5_en.htm#annex2; Communication from the Commission in racism, xenophobia and anti-semitism, Commission of the European Communities, COM (95) 653 final, Brussels, December 13, 1995, https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/PDF/?uri=CELEX:51995PC0653&from=EN

52 Leave a comment on paragraph 52 0 [2] 2. OSCE Conference on Anti-Semitism, Consolidated Summary, Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe, PC.DEL./883/03, Vienna, June 19-20, 2003, www.osce.org/cio/42394?download=true

53 Leave a comment on paragraph 53 0 [3] Tenth Meeting of the Ministerial Council, Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe, MC.DOC/1/02, Porto, December 6-7, 2002, 45-46, www.osce.org/mc/40521?download=true

54 Leave a comment on paragraph 54 0 [4] Berlin Declaration, Bulgarian Chairmanship, Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe, 2004, https://www.osce.org/cio/31432?download=true

55 Leave a comment on paragraph 55 0 [5] Cordoba Declaration by the Chairman-in-Office, CIO.GAL/76/05/REV.2, Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe, June 9, 2005, www.osce.org/cio/15548?download=true; Bucharest Declaration by the Chairman-in-Office, CIO.GAL/89/07,Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe, June 8, 2007, www.osce.org/cio/25598?download=true; Astana Declaration by the Chairman-in-Office, CIO.GAL/111/10,OSCE, Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe, June 30, 2010, www.osce.org/cio/68972?download=true

56 Leave a comment on paragraph 56 0 [6] Declaration on Enhancing Efforts to Combat Anti-Semitism, MCDOC/8/14, Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe, December 5, 2014, www.osce.org/cio/68972@download=true

57 Leave a comment on paragraph 57 0 [7]Understanding Anti-Semitic Hate Crimes and Addressing the Security Needs of Jewish

58 Leave a comment on paragraph 58 0 [8] Words into Action to Address Anti-Semitism, OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, Warsaw, 2017, http://www.osce.org/odihr/269756?download=true

59 Leave a comment on paragraph 59 0 [9] Addressing Anti-Semitism through Education – Guidelines for Policymakers, OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, Warsaw, 2018, https://www.osce.org/odihr/383089; Coalition Building for Tolerance and Non-Discrimination – A Practical Guide, Words into Action, OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, Warsaw, 2018, https://www.osce.org/odihr/385017?download=true

60 Leave a comment on paragraph 60 0 [10] Manifestations of Antisemitism in the EU 2002-2003, European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia, Vienna, 2004, http://fra.europa.eu/en/publication/2013/antisemitism-summary-overview-situation-european-union-2001-2012

61 Leave a comment on paragraph 61 0 [11] Working Definition of Antisemitism, International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, Berlin, June 27, 2016, https://www.holocaustremembrance.com/node/196; Working Definition of Holocaust Denial and Distortion, International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, Berlin, October, 2013, www.holocaustremembrance.com//working-definition-holocaust-denial-and-distortion

62 Leave a comment on paragraph 62 0 [12] Austrian Government adopts working definition of antisemitism, International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, April 28, 2017, https://www.holocaustremembrance.com/media-room/news-archive/austrian-government-adopts-working-definition-antisemitism; Working Definition of Antisemitism, International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, Oct. 24, 2017, https://www.holocaustremembrance.com/media-room/stories/bulgaria-adopts-working-definition- antisemitism; Jefferson Chase, German government adopts international anti-Semitism definition, Deutsche Welle, March 5, 2018, http://www.dw.com/en/german-government-adopts-international-anti-semitism-definition/a-40608166; Lithuania to apply the uniform working definition of antisemitism, My Government, Office of the Prime Minister, January  24, 2018, https://ministraspirmininkas.lrv.lt/en/news/lithuania-to-apply-the-uniform-working-definition-of-antisemitism; Macedonia becomes fourth country to include demonization of Israel in anti-Semitism definition, Haaretz, March 15, 2018, https://www.haaretz.com/misc/article-print-page/macedonia-defines-anti-semitism-to-include-demonization-of-israel-1.5909603; Romania Adopts Working Definition of Antisemitism, International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, May 29, 2017, https://www.holocaustremembrance.com/news-archive/romania-adopts-working-definition-antisemitism

63 Leave a comment on paragraph 63 0 [13] Defining Anti-Semitism, U.S. Department of State Diplomacy in Action, Washington DC, 2017, https://www.state.gov/s/rga/resources/267538.htm; The Fight Against Antisemitism, ECRI General Policy Recommendation No. 9, key Topics, European Commission against Racism and Intolerance, Council of Europe, Strasbourg, 2017, https://www.coe.int/t/dghl/monitoring/ecri/activities/GPR/EN/ENG-Rec%2009%20-%20KeyTopics.pdf

64 Leave a comment on paragraph 64 0 [14] Combating anti-Semitism in Europe, Resolution 1563, Parliamentary Assembly Council of Europe, Strasbourg, 2007, http://www.assembly.coe.int/nw/xml/XRef/Xref-XML2HTML-en.asp?fileid=17561&lang=en

65 Leave a comment on paragraph 65 0 [15] Renewed commitment in the fight against antisemitism in Europe, Resolution 2106, Parliamentary Assembly Council of Europe, Strasbourg, 2016, http://assembly.coe.int/nw/xml/XRef/Xref-XML2HTML-en.asp?fileid=22716

66 Leave a comment on paragraph 66 0 [16] Framework Decision on combating certain forms and expressions of racism and xenophobia by means of criminal law, 2008/913/JH/, European Union, Brussels, November 28, 2008, https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/PDF/?uri=CELEX:32008F0913&from=EN

67 Leave a comment on paragraph 67 0 [17] Directive 2012/29/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing minimum standards on the rights, support and protection of victims of crime, Official Journal of the European Union, October 25, 2012, http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2012:315:0057:0073:EN:PDF

68 Leave a comment on paragraph 68 0 [18] Additional Protocol to the Convention on Cybercrime, concerning the criminalization of acts of a racist nature committed    through computer systems, Council of Europe, Strasbourg, January 28, 2003, www.coe.int/en/web/conventions/full-list/-/conventions/rms/090000168008160f.

69 Leave a comment on paragraph 69 0 [19]Fact Sheet-Hate Speech, Press Unit, European Court of Human Rights, Strasbourg, June 2017, https://www.echr.coe.int/Documents/FS_Hate_speech_ENG.pdf

70 Leave a comment on paragraph 70 0 [20] 20. European Parliament resolution on combating anti-Semitism, June 1, 2017, Brussels, www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=TA&reference=P8-TA-2017-0243&language=EN&ring=B8-2017-0383

71 Leave a comment on paragraph 71 0 [21]Why remembering the Holocaust is a human rights imperative, Commissioner for Human Rights, Council of Europe, Strasbourg, October 18, 2016, www.coe.int/en/web/commissioner/-/why-remembering-the-holocaust-is-a-human-rights-imperative

72 Leave a comment on paragraph 72 0 [22] General Policy Recommendation No.9 on the Fight against Antisemitism, European Commission against Racism and Intolerance, Council of Europe, Strasbourg, 25 June 2004, https://www.coe.int/t/dghl/monitoring/ecri/activities/GPR/EN/Recommendation_N9/Rec.09%20en.pdf; Abridged Version, General Policy Recommendation No.9 on the Fight against Antisemitism, European Commission against Racism and Intolerance, Council of Europe, Strasbourg, 2017, https://www.coe.int/t/dghl/monitoring/ecri/activities/GPR/EN/ENG-Rec%2009%20-%20KeyTopics.pdf

73 Leave a comment on paragraph 73 0 [23] Fundamental Rights Report 2018, European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, Vienna, 2018, 67, http://fra.europa.eu/en/publication/2018/fundamental-rights-report-2018

74 Leave a comment on paragraph 74 0 [24] Ibid, Fundamental Rights Report 2018, 68

75 Leave a comment on paragraph 75 0 [25] FRA Opinions, Fundamental Rights Report 2018, FRA, Vienna, 2018, http://fra.europa.eu/en/publication/2018/fundamental-rights-report-2018-fra-opinions

76 Leave a comment on paragraph 76 0 [26] Ibid, Fundamental Rights Report 2018, 68

77 Leave a comment on paragraph 77 0 [27] Haynes, Amanda, Schweppe, Jennifer and Walters, Mark, Lifecycle of a Hate Crime, – Comparative Report, ICCL, funded by Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme of the European Commission, 2018: 22, https://www.iccl.ie/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Life-Cycle-of-a-Hate-Crime-Comparative-Report-FINAL.pdf

78 Leave a comment on paragraph 78 0 [28] 28. Ibid, Lifecycle of a Hate Crime, 25-27

79 Leave a comment on paragraph 79 0 [29] Ibid, Fundamental Rights Report 2018, 67

80 Leave a comment on paragraph 80 0 [30]Antisemitism-Overview of data available in the European Union 2006-2016, European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), November 2017, 5, http://fra.europa.eu/en/publication/2017/antisemitism-overview-2006-2016

81 Leave a comment on paragraph 81 0 [31] EU High Level Group on combating racism, xenophobia and other forms of intolerance, Brussels, July 17, 2018,

82 Leave a comment on paragraph 82 0 http://ec.europa.eu/newsroom/just/item-detail.cfm?item_id=51025

83 Leave a comment on paragraph 83 0 [32] Training Against Hate Crimes for Law Enforcement Programme Description, OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and  Human Rights, Warsaw, https://www.osce.org/odihr/tahcle; Prosecutors and Hate Crimes Training Programme Description, OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, Warsaw, 2014, http://www.osce.org/odihr/pahct; European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training (CEPOL), 78/2016 Hate Crimes course description, Budapest, 2016, https://www.cepol.europa.eu/education-training/what-we-teach/residential-activities/782016-hate-crimes

84 Leave a comment on paragraph 84 0 [33] Facing All the Facts, CEJI-A Jewish Contribution to an Inclusive Europe, Brussels, 2017, http://www.facingfacts.eu/article/facing-all-facts-project-ready-start

85 Leave a comment on paragraph 85 0 [34] Hate crime recording and data collection practice across the EU, European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, Publications Office of the European Union, 2018, http://fra.europa.eu/en/publication/2018/hate-crime-recording

86 Leave a comment on paragraph 86 0 [35] Countering illegal hate speech online #NoPlace4Hate, Justice and Consumers Directorate, European Commission, Brussels, August 10, 2017, http://ec.europa.eu/newsroom/just/item-detail.cfm?item_id=54300

87 Leave a comment on paragraph 87 0 [36] Ibid, Countering illegal hate speech online, July 11, 2018, http://ec.europa.eu/newsroom/just/item-detail.cfm?item_id=54300

88 Leave a comment on paragraph 88 0 [37] EU Commission appoints Coordinators on combating antisemitism and anti-Muslim hatred, European Commission, Brussels, December 1, 2015, http://ec.europa.eu/justice/newsroom/fundamental-rights/news/151201_en.htm

89 Leave a comment on paragraph 89 0 [38] See for example, Action Against Hate – The UK Government’s plan for tackling hate crime, Home Office, London, July 2016, which is renewable every two years after a full review, and its references to funding action against antisemitism, https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/543679/Action_Against_Hate_-_UK_Government_s_Plan_to_Tackle_Hate_Crime_2016.pdf

90 Leave a comment on paragraph 90 0 [39] Sir Eric Pickles announced as UK Envoy on Post-Holocaust Issues, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, London, 2015,

91 Leave a comment on paragraph 91 0 https://www.gov.uk/govrnment/news/sir-eric-pickles-announced-as-uk-envoy-on-post-holocaust-issues; New Commissioner at the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Bundesministerium des Innern, Berlin, April 11, 2018, https://www.bmi.bund.de/

92 Leave a comment on paragraph 92 0 [40] Jewish people’s experience of discrimination and hate crime in European Union Member States, European Union for Fundamental Rights (FRA), Vienna, 2013, http://fra.europa.eu/en/publication/2013/jewish-peoples-experience-discrimination-and-hate-crime-european-union-member

93 Leave a comment on paragraph 93 0 [41] Second FRA survey on discrimination and hate crime against Jews, European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), Vienna, 2017, http://fra.europa.eu/en/project/2017/second-fra-survey-discrimination-and-hate-crime-against-jews

94 Leave a comment on paragraph 94 0 [42] Better records to help support hate crime victims, FRA Press Release, June 21, 2018, http://fra.europa.eu/en/press-release/2018/better-records-help-support-hate-crime-victims

95 Leave a comment on paragraph 95 0 [43] Compendium of Practices, European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, http://fra.europa.eu/en/theme/hate-crime/compendium-practices

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