German Chancellor Angela Merkel set to address a major conference on antisemitism in Berlin

By Toby Axelrod and Marcus Dysch, March 14, 2016
Angela Merkel

Angela Merkel

More than 100 parliamentarians from nearly 40 countries will meet in Berlin today for a major conference on antisemitism.

Participants, who include German Chancellor Angela Merkel and leading British politicians, will discuss issues such as Internet hate, community relations and antisemitism in sport, as well as legal, parliamentary and governmental responses to antisemitism.

There will be presentations of model programs for combatting antisemitism.

The conference is the third its kind hosted by the Inter-Parliamentary Coalition for Combating Antisemitism (ICCA).

It takes place during Germany’s chairship of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).

In addition to Mrs Merkel, other speakers will include Professor Dr Norbert Lammert, president of the German Parliament, Director-General of UNESCO Irina Bokova, EU Commissioner Frans Timmermans, and UK Justice Secretary Michael Gove, and Labour Shadow Minister Luciana Berger.

On Sunday, MsBerger, Britain’s youngest Jewish MP, tweeted a series of antisemitic messages she had been sent on social media.

She wrote: “Off to Berlin tomorrow for the @icca_global antisemitism conference. Woke up to this reminder of why it’s necessary.”

The messages she had received included an image of Ms Berger with a yellow star superimposed on her head, and another telling her: “Move to Israel, you don’t belong in Europe.”

Last year Ms Berger was the victim of a targeted antisemitic hate campaign online, orchestrated by far-right groups.

The examples of abuse Luciana Berger tweeted on Sunday

The examples of abuse Luciana Berger tweeted on Sunday

On Monday afternoon, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn tweeted: "The vile antisemitic abuse being directed @lucianaberger is completely unacceptable. It has no place in our society."

Last updated: 2:45pm, March 14 2016