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B’nai B’rith International has partnered with a leading German NGO to urge the European Union to ban neo-Nazi marches taking place in EU states.

The Jewish advocacy organization worked with the Amadeu Antonio Foundation on a report released Tuesday, titled “On Europe’s Streets: Annual Marches Glorifying Nazism,” which details the “ongoing phenomenon, its legal implications and its effects on the public space and vulnerable communities,” warning of the dangerous trend of far-right marches and rallies across Europe.

B’nai Brith noted that in February of this year, there were multiple marches of Nazi sympathizers in Hungary, Bulgaria, Spain and German. In Dresden, far-right participants paid tribute to Nazi-era war criminals and historical events.

“‘The biggest far-right march in Europe’ is the title proudly sought out by marches glorifying Nazism and fascism happening across the continent each year,” B’nai Birth said.

The report noted that “these displays of hatred on Europe’s streets can be curbed” using legislation, which needs to be enforced, along with public campaigns and education.

Certain countries already ban far-right rallies, but the laws are not fully enforced and are easy to circumvent in many instances.

“Lack of implementation and respect for existing bans contributes to the weakening of legal protections,” the report explained.

It termed “established far-right marches glorifying Nazism and fascism” as posing a particularly dangerous threat to society, as they are an “organized pan-European phenomenon, in which antisemitism and Holocaust denial and distortion are not only by-products, but core elements.”

The two organizations studied 12 “notorious annual marches” taking place in EU states that glorify Nazism and far-right ideologies.

“Both international and European legal frameworks already include proper instruments for banning assemblies that promote totalitarian ideologies, racial or religious hatred, genocide denial, or incite to violence,” the report detailed, explaining that EU members are obligated to act against the spread of “hatred and promotion of totalitarian regimes and ideologies,” including antisemitic incitement and Holocaust denial. However, complaints about the former and the latter are often dismissed or not taken seriously by prosecutors and judges, the report said.

In order to ensure that member states meet their obligations to act against hatred, B’nai B’rith and the Amadeu Antonio Foundation urged the EU to enact a comprehensive ban on neo-Nazi and far-right marches in Europe.

“Holocaust survivors still alive today must witness, on Europe’s streets, marches that pay tribute to Nazi war criminals and their collaborators – marches often permitted and sometimes even endorsed by the state – where chants ‘Jews out!’ are commonplace,” B’nai B’rith International CEO Daniel Mariaschin said. “This is inexcusable. We have repeatedly called on governments to ban such demonstrations and commended efforts made so far to do so: but declarations are nothing without proper implementation of the law.”

B’nai B’rith International Director of EU Affairs Alina Bricman added that “annual marches that glorify Nazism and fascism are the core of an emergent far-right culture of remembrance that threatens European values and the memory of the Shoah.”

“As Holocaust distortion and conspiracies run rampant, these marches are breeding grounds for transnational networks of extremists. They pose a real and clear security risk, as attendees – many boasting criminal records – in the face of this Europe-wide challenge, we need a strong and unified European response from civil society and institutions alike.”

The Amadeu Antonio Foundation describes itself as an independent German NGO focusing on “strengthening democratic civic society and eliminating neo-Nazism, right-wing extremism, antisemitism, racism and other forms of bigotry and hate in Germany.”