European rallies fighting anti-Semitism


Student-organized events against anti-Semitism and racism will be held simultaneously in three European capitals.

“Tents Against Racism” – on Tuesday in Paris, Warsaw and Kiev – will provide activities for thousands of young people. The programs are aimed at acquainting European youth with Jewish culture, heritage and history, as well as the threat of anti-Semitism. Daytime sessions are geared toward high school and university students, with evening events open to the general public.

Programs include Muslim-Jewish reconciliation meetings and a klezmer concert in Paris; an interfaith dialogue in Warsaw between Poland’s chief rabbi and a senior Roman Catholic official; and kosher food-tasting and daylong lectures in Kiev.

“It saddens me that hatred has not yet been uprooted totally from Europe,” said Moshe Kantor, the president of the European Jewish Congress, one of the sponsoring organizations. “At the same time, I am heartened by this remarkable educational initiative spearheaded by hundreds of dynamic young Jewish leaders throughout Europe.”

Along with the European Jewish Congress, other sponsors are the Council of Europe’s Directorate of Youth and Sport, the World Jewish Congress Future Generations Division, B’nai B’rith International-European Union Affairs Office, the European Union of Jewish Students and the Conference of European Rabbis.

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