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Parliamentary questions
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18 February 2019
Question for written answer E-000893-19
to the Commission
Rule 130
Frédérique Ries (ALDE)

 Subject:  Trivialisation of anti-Semitic acts in the European Union
 Answer in writing 

We are witnessing a surge in anti-Semitic acts in Europe. The most recent examples occurred in France last weekend, with insults hurled at the philosopher Alain Finkielkraut, and just before that in Paris where post boxes decorated with the portrait of Holocaust survivor Simone Veil were tagged with swastikas.

These extremely grave events are a reflection of the Eurobarometer survey on anti-Semitism published in January 2019. Four Europeans out of ten do not believe that hatred towards Jews is an issue in their country. A terrifying trivialisation of the situation!

It is true that the Commission has introduced several measures against anti-Semitism since 2015: a coordinator appointed to liaise with Jewish communities, a code of conduct agreed with Internet companies, a common definition of anti-Semitism. Despite this, the Jewish community is seeing a general deterioration in their everyday situation.

What urgent action can the Commission take to strengthen the legal framework to protect better EU citizens who are Jewish?

Faced with the proliferation in anti-Semitic speech on social networks and conspiracy theories, what strategy is the Commission considering to force the Internet giants to put into practice the Code of Conduct intended to remove all anti-Semitic hate speech?

Original language of question: FR 
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