On Friday, a demonstration took place in Prague in support of the current US President Trump, coupled with a protest against governmental epidemiological measures and COVID-19 vaccination. Part of the protesters pinned the star of David with the inscription “unvaccinated” as a symbol of protest against vaccination on their clothes.

Federation of Jewish Communities in the Czech Republic and Foundation for Holocaust Victims issued the following statement: “The Federation of Jewish Communities in the Czech Republic and the Foundation for Holocaust Victims condemn the exemplary abuse and relativization of the Holocaust symbol associated with the suffering of millions of people. It is obvious that our society needs to be constantly educated. We recommended to all those who resort to such low manifestations of their ideas to visit places associated with the Nazi genocide in our country and abroad. We thank all those who publicly condemned these speeches during today’s Shabbat.“

Romani prisoners of concentration camps and relatives of the victims of Nazism, members of the Committee for Compensation of the Roma Holocaust in the Czech Republic also condemn the abuse of the Jewish star.

Today, the Prague Jewish Community issued an appeal to the general public: “Perhaps, due to today’s coronavirus pandemic, many people have a better understanding of what movement restrictions, limited shopping opportunities, visiting bans, curfews and other restrictions mean.
Nevertheless, for sure no one suffers from hunger, nobody is humiliated, people do not get their bicycle, car, radio or television confiscated. People can go out, visit the park. People’s property is not stolen from them and people are not transported to Terezín and from there, further on to the East in the cattle cars of the trains. Therefore, we beg general public and address the public with the following statement: “Do not use the yellow stars, this way you offend the victims of Nazism.“

Statement by Cardinal Dominik Duka on the Annual Report on Anti-Semitism in 2019

Statement by Cardinal Dominik Duka Czech Cardinal D. Duka on Annual Report on Anti-Semitism 2019 unofficial translation

Annual Report on Manifestations of Antisemitism in the Czech Republic in 2019

The Annual Report on Manifestations of Antisemitism in the CR in 2019 has been drafted by the FJC for the internal needs of the Jewish communities in the Czech Republic and also for the needs of other institutions that process data on antisemitism. The aim of the report is to provide a compact picture, within the scope of the acquired information, of the manifestations of antisemitism and of the trends and social climate in relation to manifestations of antisemitism.

Statement by the Czech-Israeli Mutual Chamber of Commerce on the European Court of Justice ruling concerning the obligation to label products from Judea and Samarian Area, East Jerusalem and Golan Heights.

The Czech-Israeli Mutual Chamber of Commerce does not regard the ruling of the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg dated 12 November 2019 as a convincing legal, but regrettably a political decision, which in essence will significantly hamper both the businesses interests of the European Union and the Member States in the Middle East region, and indeed those of the State of Israel and of Palestinians themselves. By the virtue of interpreting consumer legislation, the decision expresses the political attitude of the EU relative to Jewish Settlements, and not the interest in consumer protection.

Czech Parliament Condemans antisemitism and anti-Israel boycotts

The Czech Chamber of Deputies passed a resolution that condemned both antisemitism and anti-Israel boycotts as well as affirmed Israel’s right to self-defense. Both Israeli Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz and Israel’s Ambassador to the Czech Republic Daniel Meron tweeted their appreciation of the resolution.
“I wish to thank our Czech friends for this step, which reflects the true friendship between our countries. I call on more Parliaments to follow suit.” Katz tweeted.
Meron tweeted “Thank you!,” explaining that the resolution “strongly condemning all manifestations of antisemitism, including against State of Israel, and condemning any call for boycotting Israel.”

Ecumenical Council of Churches Rejects Anti-Semitism in All Its Forms

At a meeting on September 18th and 19th 2019, the Steering Committee of the Ecumenical Council of Churches in the Czech Republic (ECC) discussed the issue of anti-Semitism.

Annual Report on Anti-Semitic incidents in the Czech Republic in the year 2018

In 2018, the Federation of Jewish Communities in the Czech Republic registered 347 anti-Semitic incidents. Such incidents, mainly the violent ones, are not always reported by their victims so the real number of anti-Semitic attacks can be in fact higher. However, violent anti-Semitic incidents continue to be rare in the Czech Republic. In 2018, there were recorded 2 cases of physical aggression with an anti-Semitic motif, 3 cases of vandalism of Jewish property by anti-Semitic inscriptions and 9 incidents involving …

Annual report on anti – Semitism in the Czech Republic in 2015

The annual report on anti-Semitisms in 2015 (the Report) has been prepared by the Federation Jewish Communities (FJC) for internal needs of Jewish communities in the Czech Republic (CR), but also for the needs of other institutions processing the data on anti-Semitism. The Report aims to provide a comprehensive image of anti-Semitism and social climate related to anti-Semitism. The Report brings not only the data from the last year, but also compares recorded manifestations of anti-Semitism with the developments in …

The situation at the Jewish Community and the Jewish Museum in Prague has returned to normal

The Prague Jewish Community has reopened all its buildings. The Old New Synagogue has been reopened for tourists and Prague citizens since June 5th; you can also visit the Jewish Museum in Prague as well as concerts in the Spanish Synagogue.  Neither Jewish nor historic buildings have suffered any damage; all spaces regularly used by the community are all right. Tourist service is working in all historic sites. The Jewish Community and the Jewish Museum invite you all to visit …

Claims Conference – The Hungarian Gold Train

The Hungarian Gold Train was a train of approximately 24 freight cars that contained personal property which was taken, seized, confiscated or stolen by the Hungarian government from Hungarian Jews. The personal property in issue was taken into custody by the Unites States Army on or about May 11, 1945 near Werfen, Austria and later moved to Salzburg, Austria. The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany…