New York, NY, October 13, 2021 – ADL (Anti-Defamation League) CEO Jonathan A. Greenblatt issued a clarion call to participants attending the Malmö International Forum on Holocaust Remembrance and Combating Antisemitism on Wednesday, urging world leaders gathered for the two-day summit to “call out the clear and present danger of rising anti-Jewish violence” in Europe and around the world.
“We must call out the clear and present danger of rising anti-Jewish violence,” Greenblatt told delegates in his prepared opening remarks. “In recent years the U.S. has been scarred by horrific acts of violence targeting Jews… And in recent years we have seen attacks across Europe – in cities like Halle, Berlin, Copenhagen, Paris, Toulouse, Brussels, London and right here in Malmo. Such attacks are almost always committed by ideological extremists… and involve brutal assaults or the intentional murder of Jews simply for the crime of being Jewish.”
Greenblatt addressed “Countering contemporary antisemitism and other forms of racism online and offline,” covering a broad range of topics such as the recent surge of antisemitic incidents, the hateful dogma of anti-Zionism, the mainstreaming of conspiracy theories, and more. He will also address social media and how it has become the “super-spreader of antisemitism and hate.”
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Upon his arrival in Malmo, Greenblatt noted in a video posted to Twitter how significant it was to hold a conference on antisemitism in this city. “Not long ago, when you said Malmo and antisemitism in the same sentence it was because of the horrifying incidents of anti-Jewish hate perpetrated in this city. It is a testament to the commitment of the Government of Sweden, the Mayor of Malmo, and its rabbi, that I have come to Malmo to join world leaders and experts from around the globe, to talk about how best to combat antisemitism and hate.”
Greenblatt also shared information about the success of BINAH, a digital course developed by ADL in partnership with Everfi, that educates about Jews and the Jewish community and motivates high school students to build empathy, perspective and allyship.