'Jews have a future in Europe'

'EU coordinator on combating antisemitism' speaks with Arutz Sheva about efforts underway to push back against anti-Semitism in Europe.

Yoni Kempinski, Amsterdam,

Katharina von Schnurbein
Katharina von Schnurbein
Yoni Kempinski

Katharina von Schnurbein, EU coordinator on combating antisemitism, spoke at the Conference of European Rabbis, which is currently hosting its biennial convention in Amsterdam. The 3 day event, which started Monday, has brought together over 70 Chief Rabbis and Rabbis from across Europe.

Speaking with Arutz Sheva on the question of how to best fight the anti-Semitism rampant in Europe, von Schnurbein said that “We have to look at the legal aspects of it. For example we have legislation against racism and xenophobia which specifically criminalizes Holocaust denial and incitement to hatred and violence.”

“We have all the legislation there already - a hate crime is criminalized. So we have to bring the perpetrators before court,” she noted.

Specifically addressing the problem of anti-Semitism spread on social media platforms, she noted that while, on the one hand, “the perpetrators need to be brought to justice,” the social media platforms themselves “need to react and take things down, so we agreed on a voluntary code of conduct with the big internet companies to, within 24 hours, revise - and, if necessary, take down - illegal hate speech. So they have to do this when it’s flagged to them, and that’s an important first step.”