AUSTRIA - EU Adopts Measures against Anti-Semitism

Arno Froese

A declaration approved by the Council of the European Union calls on EU member states to take steps to ensure security for Jewish communities, institutions and citizens.

The declaration, agreed on by interior ministers from the 28 EU member states, emphasizes the importance of Holocaust commemoration and education; calls on all EU member states which have not already done so to endorse the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s working definition of antisemitism in the fields of law enforcement, education and training; and calls on the European Commission and Europol to pay particular attention to online antisemitism and to content advocating antisemitic terrorist offenses.

The declaration was put on the agenda and promoted by Austria’s Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, whose country holds the rotating presidency of the European Council.

The World Jewish Congress welcomed the adoption of a declaration, emphasizing that it had worked closely with the Austrian Jewish Community and the European Jewish Congress, in developing the declaration’s content.

“I strongly welcome the decision by the Council of the European Union to adopt this important declaration on the fight against antisemitism and the protection of Jewish communities,” said WJC president Ronald S. Lauder.

We would like to thank Chancellor Kurz, with whom we have worked closely in the last few months, and all the European leaders and officials who assisted with this vital process,” said EJC president Dr. Moshe Kantor.

“One of the most urgent calls for action in the declaration, is to adopt the IHRA definition of antisemitism to assist law enforcement agencies in their efforts to identify and investigate more efficiently antisemitic manifestations in all their forms.”, 6 December 2018

Arno's commentary

The declaration centers around the endorsement of the “International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance.” The overwhelming majority of the world’s nations and intellectuals are totally convinced of the horrendous crime against humanity committed by Nazi Germany during the Second World War.

There is no other event more documented anywhere in the world than the Holocaust. Subsequently, it is an undeniable fact. Holocaust deniers are prosecuted in a number of countries. With this new declaration by the European Union, it is becoming effective globally.

Israel is eternal; their existence as a nation is based on God’s Word: “Thus saith the Lord, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; The Lord of hosts is his name: If those ordinances depart from before me, saith the Lord, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me for ever” (Jeremiah 31:35-36).

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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