European network against antisemitism launched


ENMA – the European Network on Monitoring Antisemitism – débuted its initiative to document antisemitism across Europe at the Representation of the European Commission today. As antisemitic narratives, actors and the rise of incidents transcend national borders, the network offers a timely response to the urgent fight against antisemitism.

The network strives to fill a pressing gap in the fight against antisemitism: The need for improved data collection on antisemitic incidents. According to the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) antisemitic incidents are underreported and the available data on antisemitism is far from being comparable between the EU Member States. ENMA aims to become a Europe-wide gateway to data on antisemitism.

The newly formed network consists of Jewish and non-Jewish civil-society organizations from various European countries and aims to grow further. Member organizations document antisemitic incidents based on categories developed in the light of the IHRA Working Definition of Antisemitism and Holocaust Denial and Distortion. ENMA-members are committed to build and maintain a reporting infrastructure for Jewish communities and affected persons in their respective countries.

The Bundesverband RIAS (Federal Association of Department for Research and Information on Antisemitism) from Germany, the Reporting Centre for Antisemitism of the Jewish Community Vienna from Austria and the Jewish Association Czulent from Poland are the founding members. ENMA is funded by the European Union and also supported by the Alfred Landecker Foundation.

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