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[16/02/2016] Participation at an ARDI seminar on antisemitism

[16/02/2016] Participation at an ARDI seminar on antisemitism

Ms Santerini takes part in round-table on "Combating Antisemitism and Islamophobia in Europe" organised by ARDI at the European Parliament, Brussels

On 16 February 2016 Ms Milena Santerini,  General Rapporteur on combating racism and intolerance and Coordinator of the No Hate Parliamentary Alliance, took part in a round-table on "Combating Antisemitism and Islamophobia in Europe", organised by the European Parliament Anti-racism and diversity intergroup (ARDI) in Brussels.

The event saw the participation of members of the European Parliament, including Juan Fernando López Aguilar, Chair of the European Parliament Working Group on Antisemitism, and Sajjad Karim, Vice-President of ARDI and Chair of ARDI's Islamophobia Working Group.

Ms Katharina von Schnurbein, EU Coordinator on combating antisemitism, and Mr David Friggieri,  EU Coordinator on combating anti-Muslim hatred, also participated in the event. Both Coordinators were appointed by the Commission of the European Union in December 2015.

Several civil society organisations working on Islamophobia and Antisemitism were invited to take part in the debate. Social media were also represented, thanks to the participation of Ms Karen White and Ms Kira O'Connor of Twitter.

Ms Santerini highlighted that even though antisemitism and islamophobia may differ, the roots of both are in hatred and intolerance.  She underlined that preventing and combating these scourges required more solidarity not only towards victims from society at large, but also between target groups. She called on participants not to underestimate discrimination even when it targets other people. 

On the same occasion, Ms Santerini held a bilateral meeting with Mr Claude Moraes, Chairperson of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) of the European Parliament, to present the No Hate Alliance and discuss avenues for cooperation. Strengthening the relations with other major actors, including the European Parliament, is in fact one of the priorities of the Alliance. The respect of diversity, as the General rapporteur recalled, should remain the foundation of today's Europe.