Today, the chairs of Foreign Affairs Committees of 21 countries and the European Parliament issued a joint statement where they condemn the alarming rise in antisemitic and anti-Muslim violence since Hamas’ attack against Israel.
“We, the Chairs of Foreign Affairs Committees of our respective national parliaments, condemn the surge in hate and violence plaguing our nations and the world since Hamas’ horrific attack against Israel on October 7. We are witnessing an alarming rise in antisemitic and anti-Muslim bigotry and violence that has included acts of online hate, verbal assaults, vandalism, desecration of Holocaust memorials and cemeteries, intimidation, death threats, and physical attacks,” the Chairs of Foreign Affairs Committees state.
The statement points out that antisemitic hate crime investigations have tripled in New York and London over the past month in comparison to last year, and, for example, in France, 1040 antisemitic incidents were documented in the month following the attack. Jewish and Muslim community organizations have reported of incidents in many countries, and Jewish and Muslim individuals that are easily identified have been disproportionately targeted, the statement says.
“None of this is acceptable. As stated by the European Commission, ‘No one should live in fear of discrimination or violence because of their religion or their identity.’ We urge our governments to intensify all efforts to safeguard Jewish and Muslim communities, to condemn these actions when they occur, and to implement our national strategies to combat the dark tide of bigotry and hatred,” the Chairs of Foreign Affairs Committees say in the joint statement.
The statement is signed by the foreign affairs committee chairs of Armenia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, the European Parliament, France, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Norway, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and Ukraine. The Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu Marko Mihkelson signed the statement on behalf of Estonia.