8 November, 2016

Newsletter N° 51, November 2016

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Eric Miller
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Dear Subscriber,

9 November commemorates the “Kristallnacht”, but antisemitism and anti-Judaism have been widespread in Europe for centuries, and have maintained stubborn roots that
have evolved and persist to this day. In Europe today there is a rise in number and consequences of antisemitic attacks, including hate speech. On 9 November the campaign therefore calls on everyone to stand in solidarity
with those who are targeted by antisemitic hate speech and join the efforts to counter hate expressions with messages of Human Rights. The Action Day logo incorporates the Hamsa,
a protective sign in many religious, bringing its owner happiness, health, and good fortune.

Action Day

Antisemitism can be defined as “a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or
their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities”[1]. The Internet has provided new platforms for antisemitic hate speech to evolve and spread across all regions of Europe, commenting
on present day challenges with quick fix solutions that single out minority groups as the problem. The Action Day on 9 November calls for action against antisemitic hate speech online and offline, and for positive counter
narratives that promote Human Rights as a basis for inclusive and tolerant societies.

Add the Action Day logo to your social media profile. Report antisemitic hate speech on Hate Speech Watch and share the submitted reports on social media with counter arguments that promote Human Rights. Raise awareness and run an activity on antisemtism and hate speech.


Antisemitic attacks on the rise

The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) in its annual reports covering 2015 raised the alarm over the rise of antisemitism. In some countries the number of antisemitic attacks more than doubled. ECRI notes that neo-Nazis, extreme right-wing and left-wing groups continue to spread antisemitic
hatred across Europe, but growing antisemitic trends have been observed among Muslim immigrant communities, in particular the younger generation. ECRI noted also that there is insufficient distinction made between criticism
of the actions of Israel – to the extent that it is held to the same standards as any other state - and the public expression of racism and hatred of Jewish people in general. The OSCE report on antisemitic hate crime and the Fundamental Rights Agencies overview of antisemitism in Europe 2004-2014 give detailed information
by country showing the same trends.

Remembering the Holocaust is an imperative

The Council of Europe Human Rights Commissioner in a recent article emphasis that teaching remembrance of the Holocaust is a crucial safeguard against serious human rights violations repeating themselves. Quoted studies and court cases of the European Court of Human Rights show that
denial of the Holocaust still exist, including by minimization, trivialisation or distortion of the Holocaust. Meanwhile, some contemporary antisemitism blame the Holocaust on Jews or suggest that Jews focus on this
tragedy to gain advantage. The commissioner calls for an informed and honest discussion of past co-operation and collusion in the execution of Jews committed on national soil as a necessity for coming to terms with
a violent past, this includes through Education. The campaign provides various suggestions for educational activities on antisemitism and remembrance from Bookmarks and Compass. More information on the Council of Europe’s work on remembrance of the Holocaust is also online.

What is it like to fight online hate?

The Anti-Defamation League’s first director of technology and society, Brittan Heller, gave an inspiring interview about her experience with antisemitic and sexist attacks after her appointment was made public. She lists examples on what internet companies can do more and better to tackle hate speech and concludes that victims of
online harassment, like herself, should not let the harassment take their voice away. She recommends talking to family, teachers and friends about the experience. Speaking out can be a support for other people experiencing
the same thing, and help call out people who are trying to incite hate online.

National Campaigns

Luxembourg Youth visit Auschwitz

The campaign in Luxembourg has supported the organisation Témoins de la 2ème  génération to organise their annual visit of 16-19 year old youth to Auschwitz. The organisation
runs educational activities on the risks of intolerance, racism, xenophobia and antisemitism. They opened an exhibition on hate speech, democracy and the Holocaust at the Musée de la Résistance in Esch-sur-Alzette.

International training against Hate Speech in Quebec

On 28- 30 October 50 young people from Africa, America and Europe participated in a No Hate Speech training organised
by Bureau International Jeunesse (BIJ) of Belgium and Les Offices Jeunesse Internationaux du Quebec (LOJIQ) in the city of Quebec,
Canada. The course preceded the UNESCO conference "Internet & radicalization of youth: preventing, acting & living together" from 31 October to
1 November. Visit the nohate.be facebook page for a photo impression.

Making the campaign accessible in Germany

The German campaign has launched an easy read version of its website to enhance accessibility. An English site will be launched later this month. Meanwhile growing
number of the campaign video’s are subtitled in English, allowing more people to learn about the campaign and to support people targeted by hate
speech, for example through this video with a LGBT immigrant.

Building a Digital Living Library in Luxembourg

On 8 October 70 people participated in the launch of the campaign in Luxembourg. At the event the video contest “100 Lieweg Bicher”, was launched. Its objective
is to gather video testimonies of people which are confronted with stereotypes, prejudices or discrimination in the Luxembourgish society. Submitted video’s will be uploaded in a digital ‘Living Library’. Videos can
be submitted until end of January 2017.

Norway - Youth conference and launch of Youth Network Against Hate Speech

Over 100 representatives from youth-organisations,-parties,-councils, -activist and governmental agencies participated in the Youth Conference “Together against hate
on 14 October in Oslo. The Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg engaged in a frank discussion with youth participants on the challenges of hate
speech in Norwegian society. At the conference a national Youth Network Against Hate Speech was launched. The youth representatives proposed initiatives to develop within the framework of the strategy on hate speech
that the Norwegian government will be launched in the autumn. The conference was co-organised by the Norwegian campaign and Norwegian Directorate for Children, Youth and Family
Affairs, and funded by the Ministry of Children and Equality.

Malta - No Hate at the University

University Law Students in Malta are working with the campaign on a policy paper on No Hate. This paper will be issued in December 2016, but its promotion was launched during Freshers Week at the stand of Aġenzija Żgħażagħ.
 During Freshers Week, Aġenzija Żgħażagħ also presented its new campaign promotional material.

Italy - Counseling service

The Italian organisation AICEM, has set up a counselling service for people targeted by hate speech, and their family and friends
that seek advice on how to make an official report and other possible responds to the harassment.

Roma Youth contribute to drafting of Ukraine Youth Policy

In co-operation with the Ministry of Youth and Sport of Ukraine and Roma non-governmental partners, the Youth Department of the Council of Europe organised a regional training seminar for Roma and non-Roma young people
who are multipliers in their communities. The event took place 4 - 7 November in Odessa, Ukraine and involved 50 participants from Belarus, Republic of Moldova, the Russian Federation, Ukraine, Latvia and Lithuania.
 During the seminar participants explored how to counter antigypsyism using Mirrors and Bookmarks.
The seminar outcomes feed into the drafting process of the Ukrainian national law on Youth policy.

Campaign Partners

Human Rights Super Hero’s

Campaign partner UNITED will launch its campaign to celebrate historical people that stood up for human rights and people in our society today that speak out against hate.
The campaign starts on 9 November and runs until 10 December. Follow the inspiring stories on their Facebook page and website.

Tolerance and Diversity for stable peace

On 20 October Germany’s chairmanship of the OSCE organised the Conference ‘Tolerance and Diversity’. Representatives of Civil Society, media, governments and businesses explored
how policy tools can contribute to tolerance and diversity and stable and peaceful societies based on respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. Anne Brasseur introduced the campaign as a successful case example.
Representatives of the German campaign participated in the organisations market and provided live tweet updates and Facebook report.

No Hate at the MEDFORUM 2016

Various activists and coordinators of the campaign took part in the 2016 forum of the Anna Lindh Foundation in Valetta. The role of young people in combating extremism and hate speech was highlighted by several speakers; intercultural and citizenship education were stressed as necessary tools to overcome growing disenchantment
of young people and the risks of radicalisation. To close the 3rd edition of Euro-Med Forum on Intercultural Dialogue, a debate was organised by Aġenzija Żgħażagħ on
the topic of immigration.  As the National Campaign Co-ordinator in Malta, Agenzija Zghazagh took the opportunity to invite the Mediterranean participants present to become new partners and activists for this Campaign

Photo credit: Umit and Gurkan

Upcoming Events

Training on Bookmarks in Kazan

On 14-18 November the National Youth Council of Russia in cooperation with the Council of Europe will organise a regional training course on Bookmarks in Kazan, Russian Federation for youth leaders from the Commonwealth
of Independent States.

‘Words Matter’ Conference

On 18 November the organisation 'Together in Action' will organise the Words Matter Conference in Coventry, United Kingdom. The conference will invite 150 students from University, Colleges and a local school
for Muslim girls in Coventry. All campaign partners in the United Kingdom are also invited.

18 November: End Child Sex Abuse Day

The Council of Europe has initiated the End Child Sex Abuse Day to prevent sexual exploitation and abuse by encouraging society to not look away
but address the problem through education and awareness-raising. A explanation video for children is available in various languages. The day
builds on the Council of Europe’s work on the Lanzarote Convention, the campaign One in Five,
the Kiko and the Hand campaign educating children on setting limits on touching private parts. These and many more education and campaign materials are online.

Survey on Youth Participation through innovative forms

The Youth Department of the Council of Europe will look at the participation of young people in decision-making processes in different types of structure (political, civic, civil service, etc), with a particularly interested
in new and innovative forms.  The study will review how young people make their voices heard by authorities - and whether those authorities are listening - when using these new forms.  A survey will be launched
on 10 November on the Youth Department’s website, please complete the survey and contribute to future Youth Policy and practice developments.

Upcoming European Youth Foundation supported projects

The European Youth Foundation continues to support youth projects on combating hate speech. Some of the projects on the way include: Awareness raising
about online hate speech among young people, youth workers, teachers and parents in Palermo, Italy; Workshops on raising awareness and sensitivity related to inequality, injustice, discrimination and hate speech in
South-East Poland; Human rights education based on Bookmarks with a special focus on reconciliation processes and conflict transformation among young people from different parts of Ukraine. More information about these
and other projects and how to apply for support from the EYF for can be found on the website.

Blog posts

Word of the Day
Union arising from common responsibilities and interests.


[1] Working definition of antisemitism adopted by International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance on 24
May 2016.

2012-2016. Directorate of Democratic Citizenship and Participation, Council of Europe, Youth Department.
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