The Fifth Global Forum for Combating Anti-Semitism will convene on 12-14 May 2015 in Jerusalem with the crucial task of shaping international policy and formulating a plan of action for combating anti-Semitism, Israel’s Embassy in Bucharest informs in a press release. The conference is organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, together with the Ministry and Diaspora Affairs of the State of Israel.
Romania will be represented in the event by the Minister of Justice, Robert Cazanciuc (photo) , participating alongside other high-level guests, such as the vice-president of the European Commission, a representative of the Hungarian Prime Minister’s Office, the justice minister of Germany, the Bulgarian minister of education and science, Canada’s minister for multiculturalism, and the mayor of Paris.
“Seventy years after the victory over Nazi Germany, we are unfortunately witnessing a renewal of antisemitism and an increased number of people who deny the Holocaust and distort its memory. Reports show that anti-Semitic expression reached a peak this past year, with the main concentration in Western Europe and on the Internet. The Internet has become a new arena and a powerful platform for anti-Semitism, inspiring and facilitating real-world violence against Jews. Moreover, social media allow anti-Semites to communicate and plot in ways that might not be otherwise possible in the off-line world,” the mentioned press release shows.
Therefore, over 1000 experts from all over the world attending this conference will place special emphasis on developing effective ways of dealing with the rise of anti-Semitism in Europe, on the Internet and in social media. A very important panel discussion will also be held featuring European Muslim leaders, with the purpose of promoting interfaith dialogue and understanding. Moreover, twelve working groups will hold detailed discussions on – inter alia – meeting the challenge of Holocaust denial and distortion, using legal tools, and promoting legislation against antisemitism.