According to many, Antisemitism in Europe is believed to be the worst since the Nazi era. As the conflict between Israel and Palestine intensifies, so do incidents across Europe targeting Jewish communities. This discussion will focus on the many layers of antisemitism in Europe, taking into account a long history of religious discrimination, coupled with a newer and vehement attempt at suppression; xenophobia; secular nationalism; and the rise of Islamism. Panel experts examine how these factors affect European Jewish communities, and consider how these nations ought to respond.
As the world endures events like those recently experienced in Paris and Copenhagen, there is a growing sense of urgency among Jews, and of mutual responsibility. The desire to act is strong, but how to do so while still respecting the integrity and unique character of these communities is the challenge.
This panel considered what can be done, and what kind of future can be imagined.
Dr. Robert Williams is the Director of Development and New Initiatives in the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, where he oversees and develops new scholarly programs, including those that focus on antisemitism and on the Holocaust in the Soviet Union. He is a representative of the United States of America at the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, where he chairs the committee on Archival Access, is US delegate to the Academic Working Group and to the IRHA Committee on Holocaust Denial and Antisemitism. He is currently working on a study on the relationship between anti-communism, anti-Americanism, and antisemitism in European public political discourse.
Mr. Solal serves as the Vice President of the European Union of Jewish Students, and is the International Relations Officer for the Union des Étudiants Juifs de France. Born in Israel, Nethanel has lived in France for the past 14 years, and is currently a student at Université Paris 8 where he studies Theatre.
Paul Max Morin has been the Executive Director of EGAM since July 2011. He graduated from Sciences Po and the London School of Economics (Masters in Urban Policies) where he conducted studies on challenges in post-colonial cities.
Simone Rodan Benzaquen serves as AJC's Paris Director. She comes to AJC after serving as an adviser to the Ambassador for Human Rights in the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs. She was previously the founding General Secretary of the Brussels-based Medbridge Strategy Center, which seeks to strengthen ties between political and civil society leaders, and Vice President and Co-Founder of SOS Darfur. She holds a law degree from Kings College, London; an M.A. in Media and Communications from the London School of Economics; and a Ph.D. in International Relations from Sciences-Pro in Paris.
This event, sponsored by NYU Global Center for Jewish Life, took place simultaneously using video conferencing at NYU on Washington Square Park, NYU Washington, DC and NYU Paris.