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Fighting hate speech is a duty for Jews

Jews are intensely aware of the power of speech. Words can be a source of inspiration, or they can be a catalyst for intolerance and violence. Within the Jewish psyche, there is a collective experience of the dangers of escalating hate, but there is also a theological basis for Jewish action on hate speech.   One of the gravest sins in Judaism is lashon-hara (literally, “the evil tongue”). The Talmud tells that the tongue is an instrument so dangerous that it must be kept hidden from view, behind two protective walls (the mouth and teeth) to prevent its misuse.

What are they thinking? Tasteless tourists take sick selfies and breakdance at site where 10,000 Lithuanian Jews were murdered in one day by Nazis in WWII Kaunas massacre | Daily Mail Online

  • Selfie loving tourists are descending on a Holocaust memorial site in Lithuania
  • They pose outside Fort IX museum in Kaunas, where 50,000 Jews were killed 
  • Holidaymakers post the photos online with tags including #Winterwonderland
  • One tourists told MailOnline she took selfie there because the place is 'magical'
  • The Museum director says she discourages people from taking pictures outside

Hate Crime is not (Only) My Problem | Disrupt & Innovate Blog

What is hate crime and why should we all be concerned about it? Defining the problem is a first step towards understanding a phenomenon which affects our society as a whole. The International Civil Society Centre invited our Facing Facts Coordinator, Melissa Sonnino, to write a blogpost about the work of Facing Facts! and the topic of hate crime and civil society in general.

Using online technology to beat hate | Euractiv Blog

Guest blog post by Robin Sclafani, Director, CEJI – A Jewish Contribution to an Inclusive Europe. First published November 28, 2016.

We all know people who are the victims of hate crimes and hate speech. They are people of colour. Perhaps from another country or ethnicity. Or with a distinctive religion. Maybe they are disabled people, or people who are gay or lesbian. Or maybe they are just the wrong gender. Whoever they are, they are blameless people attacked for just being different.

Jewish anti-hate crime effort launches with support of EU, social media | The Jerusalem Post

Noting a correlation between hateful discourse online and actual hate crime the initiative seeks to help law-enforcement professionals and civil-society organizations better counter hate speech.

An initiative to fight hate crime was launched on Monday evening at the Google offices in Brussels. The project is a collaboration between the European Commission, social media giants Twitter and Facebook and Jewish NGO CEJI – A Jewish Contribution to an Inclusive Europe.

PRESS RELEASE: United against hate crime: European law enforcment agencies and social media companies join forces to tackle hate speech

There is an emerging correlation between hateful discourse, which circulates quickly online, and hate crime - which includes harassment, vandalism and violence.EU member states are now accountable for recording bias-motivated crimes 1 and ensuring that victims have access to justice. The European Commission and IT companies have recognised the echo chamber provided by the internet in amplifying the spread of hate in society, resulting in the recently agreed Code of Conduct which should see a more effective response to take down and prosecute criminal hate speech online.

PRESS RELEASE: CEJI Hate Crime Monitoring & Recording Project Awarded EU Funding

Facing Facts!

Press release 7 July 2016CEJI – A Jewish Contribution to an Inclusive Europe is delighted to announce it has received a substantial amount from the European Commission Directorate General Justice - Fundamental rights and Union citizenship.These funds will support the new project “Facing all the Facts”. Built on the success of the European project “Facing Facts!

RADIO INTERVIEW: Symbiosis Radio - Experiences and best practices in combatting Antisemitism and Islamophobia in Europe

Interview with Dr. Sophie Zimmer, Communications Officer at CEJI – A Jewish Contribution to an Inclusive Europe from Brussels and Kemal Yaldizli from Norwegian NGO Youth against Violence (Ungdom mot Vold).

What are the experiences and best practices in combatting Antisemitism and Islamophobia in Europe, what are the trends and what could we expect in the near future...

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Joint Press Statement: Whose values? Upholding the rule of law and universal human rights for all and at any time

Whose values? Upholding the rule of law and universal human rights for all and at any time

Brussels, 12th May 2016. All people are entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, without distinction based on race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. On 24th May, the General Affairs Council of the European Union will discuss integration of migrants in a rule of law dialogue and our organisations want to recall the spirit of Article 2 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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