Roundtable for European Jewish Leaders reflected on the situation of Jews in Europe

Roundtable for European Jewish Leaders reflected on the situation of Jews in Europe

Rome, 26-27 February. Jewish leaders from Italy, France, Germany, England, the Netherlands, Hungary, Poland, Portugal, Spain and other countries gathered in the Italian capital to discuss the challenges their respective communities face, as well as the performance of the local  coordinators to combat anti-Semitism and to promote Jewish life.

Everyone was in agreement that the rise of anti-Semitism in all its forms seems to be unstoppable after October 7th. Impressive details of recent events in multiple countries were revealed and discussed. The most captivating speech due to its strength and precision was given by Israel's Special Envoy for Combating Antisemitism. Some measures to be taken and goals to be achieved were established.

The Italian community, which hosted the event, is satisfied with the effort made by the political power and the coordinator, who have done their best to promote Jewish life and combat anti-Semitism. Synagogues, museums and kosher restaurants are guarded 24 hours a day by police and the army; protesters who express anti-Semitic messages are immediately arrested and the material seized; and tour buses generally promote visits to the "Jewish quarter" and Jewish restaurants. Every month meetings take place between community representatives and political leaders with a view to creating a prosperous country with the efforts of everyone: Jews and non-Jews.

Representatives of the Jewish communities in Germany, France, England, Hungary and Poland were also grateful to the political leaders and coordinators in their respective countries, who do everything to combat anti-Semitism, promote Jewish life and protect Jewish places. The same feeling is not shared by community representatives from other countries, who generally complain about the little work done by their politicians and coordinators in charge of enforcing the European Union's 2021-2030.

Before the Second World War there were 9 million Jews on the old continent, today only 1 million, who are increasingly at risk after October 7th.