28 October, 20140 Comments 30 Reports
The Movement is organising a European Action Day against Fascism and Antisemtism on the 9th November 2014. In November we invite you to report antisemitic hate speech to the Hate Speech Watch. Report any online content (on social meda, websites, news sites, comments etc) that expresses hate speech against jewish people just for their identity, content that spreads fascistic ideas, or content that denies holocaust itself. The Movement is inviting you to express zero tolerance towards antisemitic hate speech and recommends that you speak up against antisemtism immediatelly when and where you read it. Ignorance can be interpreted as silent agreement, so it is very important that we counterargue in the moment it appears so other readers will see that it is not acceptable. If you fight ignorance you actually shiled out the spread of hatred. The Movement will organise different online actions around a selected number of hate speech reports.
Europe as we know it today is built on the ashes of the Holocaust, and institutions were created in order to prevent Europe from perpetrating and witnessing similar horrors ever again. Much effort has gone into developing legal mechanisms and fostering civil societies who reject discrimination, racism and fascism. However, the rise of extreme and populist parties as well as growing hate of all shades confronts us with the stark reality that much must still be done in order to achieve a tolerant, inclusive European society. Today’s Europe is experiencing worrisome developments on many levels: Extremist and radicalized voices of varying ideologies are becoming louder both on Europe’s street and in our parliaments. Minority groups are increasingly victims of harassment or even hate crimes. Over the past years, anti-Semitism and anti-Semitic attacks have been on the rise in the majority of European countries. Calls to ban religious slaughter and ritual circumcision (e.g. Poland, Denmark) threaten the religious practice of both Muslims and Jews, attempts to “whitewash” history and distort the facts of the Holocaust by nationalist groups (e.g. Hungary’s Fidesz party and their “German Occupation Memorial”) are on the rise and there have been deadly terror attacks on Jews in Toulouse (2012) and Brussels (2014). In the United Kingdom during the summer of 2014, the reported anti-Semitic attacks rose by 400%, compared to last year’s data. In France nearly twice as many anti-Semitic actions or threats were registered up to the end of July, against the same period of last year. Why 9 November? “Kristallnacht”- The Night of Broken Glass9 November commemorates the “Kristallnacht” aka “The Night of Broken Glass” or the “Novemberpogrome”, which is also considered as symbol of the beginning of the Holocaust. This night in 1938 involved an organized destruction of thousands of Jewish businesses and homes in Munich, as well as the beating and murder of Jewish people. Joseph Goebbels, Nazi minister of propaganda, ordered it as a revenge for the earlier act of a 17-year-old German Jewish refugee, Herschel Grynszpan, who shot and killed a German ambassador, Ernst vom Rath. Grynszpan had intended to prevent the deportation of his father to Poland and the ongoing persecution of Jews in Germany by killing the German ambassador. During the Night of Broken Glass Goebbels ordered "spontaneous demonstrations" of protest against the Jewish citizens of Munich. The order laid out the blueprint for the destruction of Jewish homes and businesses. The local police were not to interfere with the rioting storm troopers, and as many Jews as possible were to be arrested with an eye toward deporting them to concentration camps. The night is called “Kristallnacht” because of the numerous broken shop windows and the shattered glass on the ground.