European Union

I have Jewish friends, says Austrian MP fired for antisemitism

By Naomi Firsht, November 3, 2015

Austrian MP Susanne Winter has been fired by the far-right Freedom Party for agreeing with an antisemitic comment on her Facebook page.


New EU antisemitism tsar as report tracks rise in hate

October 8, 2015

Frans Timmermans, a former foreign minister of the Netherlands and the vice-president of the European Commission, has said he will act as the EU's first envoy on antisemitism.


MEPs back proposal for EU antisemitism tsar

By Naomi Firsht, July 16, 2015

Dozens of MEPs are backing a plan to create a special EU envoy to monitor and combat antisemitism.

The European Jewish Association, which is behind the plan, has gained the support of a number of cross-party MEPS.


Israel braced for wave of UN pressure over peace talks

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 1, 2015

Israel is concerned that it will soon face a wave of diplomatic pressure to agree to a timetable for establishing a Palestinian state.

The main worry is that the United States will give quiet backing to a French proposal that was presented to the United Nations Security Council three months ago and created with the help of the Palestinian Authority.

Another, similar proposal has been drafted


EU ministers call for labelling

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 23, 2015

A letter signed by 16 European Union foreign ministers calling for the labelling of products from Israeli settlements in the West Bank has caused anger in Jerusalem but is unlikely to be implemented in the near future.


Nigel Farage ‘shocked’ by European antisemitism

By Naomi Firsht, March 25, 2015

UKIP leader Nigel Farage has expressed his “shock” at the rise of antisemitism in Europe.

Mr Farage made the comments while meeting Board of Deputies chief executive Gillian Merron in Brussels on Wednesday.

She was leading a delegation of Board representatives to discuss the possible creation of a European Union taskforce on antisemitism.


European Jewish leaders push to outlaw antisemitism

By Orlando Radice, February 2, 2015

European Jewish leaders have launched a campaign to create new continent-wide legislation that outlaws antisemitism.

The European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation (ECTR), a panel of legal experts, presented a document on “tolerance” at a conference on extremism, part of a two-day event in Prague last week to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.


International panel calls for new EU law banning antisemitism

By Charlotte Oliver, January 26, 2015

A document on “tolerance”, which includes making antisemitism a criminal offence across all 28 countries of the European Union, is being backed by the European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation (ECTR).


EU appeals court decision to delist Hamas as terror group

By Sandy Rashty, January 20, 2015

The European Union will appeal a decision by its central court to remove Palestinian group Hamas from the EU terrorism blacklist.

Last month, the court annulled the designation of Hamas as a terrorist group and ended the freezing of Hamas funds on procedural grounds, although no cash will be released until the case is resolved.

The move was condemned by pro-Israel groups.


EU delay means new wait for shechitah ruling

By Marcus Dysch, December 23, 2014

A decision on the labelling of kosher meat products is unlikely to be made before next spring, after the results of a Europe-wide investigation have once again been delayed.
The British government is expected to give the go-ahead for additional labelling for animals slaughtered according to the shechita process during 2015.