Despite the fact that modern society tries to actively fight various manifestations of hatred, there is no positive result yet. Unfortunately, this problem also applies to anti-semitism, which has only spread in recent years. There is deterioration in the situation even in countries of the European Union, where the number of anti-Semitic attacks increases every year. For example, in Britain, more than 750 attacks were directed against Jews in the last six month. It is also frightening that the number of violent attacks increases, which causes fear among the peaceful Jewish population.
Vladimir Sloutsker suggests a solution, which emphasizes that it is necessary to tackle this problem comprehensively – https://www.thejc.com/comment/comment/vladimir-sloutsker-a-new-way-to-fight-antisemitism-1.447253. And we should fight not only anti-Semitism but also any other manifestations of hatred directed against minorities. It is necessary to unite and act actively to prevent the number of victims of violent attacks from increasing. Moreover, it is essential to focus on eliminating such attacks, and not just to reduce their number, as many countries do.
The Israeli-Jewish Congress, whose head is Vladimir Sloutsker, has long suggested that Europe adopt a clear definition of the “anti-Semitism” concept. By adopting it, we can start an effective battle against it. Britain has already successfully adopted such a definition. It explains that the manifestation of anti-Semitism is not only a violent attack but it is also the delegitimization of Israel, as well as attacks on Zionism. Congress encourages other EU countries to adopt a clear definition of anti-Semitism, following the example of the UK.
More and more information is being spread through social networks today. Therefore their role cannot be underestimated. Unfortunately, social networks are not only delivering news now. They have become a platform where hatred of national minorities, including anti-Semitism, is actively spreading. Despite this, social networks can be used in the opposite direction that will help to combat hate phenomena in society. It is important to attract world-famous technology companies that can support the anti-hatred campaign. It is very important to start complex destruction of online hatred, giving young people a chance to understand the consequences of violent actions.
Another area to be included in the anti-hatred campaign is education. It is important to explain to young people the attacks against national minorities, talk about the Holocaust and other terrible acts, committed not only against the Jewish people but also against other nationalities. At the same time, young people must understand that they will be punished for their actions of hatred if such are made. Concurrently, it is necessary to talk about the contribution that Jews and other national minorities have made to the culture and development of European countries and the world in general. The more information about the nation and its contribution the young people will have, the less they will strive to make any violent actions against it.
Vladimir Sloutsker also emphasizes that co-operation is very important for combating the manifestations of hatred. Not only the Jewish people but also other minorities suffer from such manifestations. Therefore, it is necessary to combine forces with other religious groups and direct them to eradicate hatred among the population.
The countries of the European Union already have a legal framework that allows punishment for hatred against national minorities. They just need to actively engage in the fight against all forms of hatred. EU governments, which are now actively promoting such qualities as tolerance and acceptance, have to solve the problem.