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Posted By on September 3, 2016

On February 3rd 2016, a Bnai Brith delegation, formed by Bnai Brith Europe President, Daniel Citone, Bnai Brith Europe Vice-President, Valerie Achache and Bnai Brith International Director of EU Affairs, Benjamin Naegele met with European Commission Coordinator on combating anti-Semitism Katharina von Schnurbein.

Ms. von Schnurbein has been appointed at the end of 2015 by the European Commission as Coordinator on combating anti-Semitism. A German national, she has bee...n coordinating the Commission's dialogue with Churches, religions, philosophical and non-confessional organisations and was part of former Commission President Jos Manuel Barroso's advisory team. She has been appointed at the same time as Mr.David Friggieri who is the Coordinator on combating anti-Muslim hatred

During the meeting, Daniel Citone gave a presentation of Bnai Brith as Ms. von Schnurbein enquired on everyone cultural background. She proved very interested in the young Jewish leaders opinion about how Jews felt and lived nowadays in Europe. The conversation was frank and open.

Among the other issues discussed were the challenges Jewish communities in Europe face as well as ways to combat anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism. The recent labelling of Israeli settlement products, the lack of an official definition of anti-Semitism and hate speech online were also discussed.

The next step in this dialogue will be the organisation of a follow up working meeting, such as the one held in Bnai Brith premises on 1st October 2015, with fellow Jewish and pro-Israel associations. This time the meeting should be presided by Ms. von Schnurbein.

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