Over the last several years, parliamentarians from dozens of countries have united to develop formal statements on the extent of contemporary anti-Semitism, either globally or in their particular countries, and on effective means of combating it. The following selective examples illustrate some of the most important work generated by these lawmakers.
Antisemitism: Overview of data available in the European Union 2006-2016
Antisemitism can be expressed in the form of verbal and physical attacks, threats, harassment, property damage and graffiti or other forms of speech or text, including on the internet. Antisemitic incidents and hate crime violate fundamental rights, including the right to human dignity, the right to equality of treatment and the freedom of thought, conscience and religion. The present report provides an overview of data on antisemitism as recorded by international organisations and by official and unofficial sources in the 28 European Union (EU) Member States, based on their own definitions and categorizations.
The U.K.’s All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry on Antisemitism developed this important report on anti-Semitism in the United Kingdom, which is internationally important for its early adoption of the EUMC Working Definition.
The London Declaration on Combating Anti-Semitism provides the Inter-parliamentary Coalition for Combating Anti-Semitism’s (ICCA) endorsement of the EUMC Working Definition in the course of providing important recommendations for combating global anti-Semitism.
The Ottawa Protocol On Combating Anti-Semitism, which relied in part on the testimony of LDB President Kenneth L. Marcus, expands upon the London Declaration, for example, by describing how colleges and universities should utilize the EUMC Working Definition and has been officially adopted by the government of its host country, Canada.
The Canadian Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Antisemitism demonstrated in this multi-party report, which relied in part on the testimony of LDB President Kenneth L. Marcus, both the persistence of anti-Semitism in Canada and more generally the problem of the new anti-Semitism globally.
The Italian parliamentary report on anti-Semitism, included here because it continues the series of national multi-party reports begun in London and Ottawa, is especially important because it is an official document of the Italian parliament, rather than an unofficial report of select parliamentarians.