LONDON (EJP)---Parliamentarians meeting in London at the first ever summit on anti-Semitism called Tuesday on their respective governments and the United Nations “never again to allow the institutions of the international community to be abused for the purposes of trying to establish any legitimacy for anti-Semitism”.
They also called on the European Union Council of Ministers to address the issue of combating renewed anti-Semitism on the continent.
The call came in a declaration drawn up by around 100 parliamentarians from nearly 40 countries- including the president of the Austrian parliament and the vice-president of the German Bundestag- who attended the two-day summit organized by the Inter-parliamentary Coalition for Combating Anti-Semitism (ICCA) in conjunction with the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London.
The participants declare that the international community “must not be witness or party to another gathering like Durban in 2001,” the infamous UN anti-racism conference, where the focus on Israel to the exclusion of all other issues was widely perceived as anti-Semitic.
The “Durban Review Conference on Racism” dubbed “Durban II” is to be held at the Geneva UN headquarters on April 20-24.
"I encourage other heads of government to become signatories to this historic agreement," Gordon Brown said. "Together our renewed efforts can rid the world of this ancient virus."
The London Declaration called on legislators to “expose, challenge and isolate political actors who engage in hate against Jews and target the State of Israel as a Jewish collectivity.” It also calls on governments to “challenge any foreign leader, politician or public figure who denies, denigrates or trivializes the Holocaust and must encourage civil society to be vigilant to this phenomenon and to openly condemn it.”
The London Declaration also calls on the United Nations to” reaffirm its call for every member state to commit itself to the principles laid out in the Holocaust Remembrance initiative, including specific and targeted policies to eradicate Holocaust denial and trivialization.” It also calls for action on education for the public and the authorities.
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