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The Holocaust Remembrance Day and the Day of Prevention of Crimes Against Humanity

The Holocaust Remembrance Day and the Day of Prevention of Crimes Against Humanity

Federation of Jewish Communities in the Czech Republic and the Foundation for Holocaust Victims, in cooperation with the Office of the Czech Senate and under the auspices of the President of the Senate of Czech Parliament, Miloš Vystrčil, will hold a commemorative meeting in the Main Hall of the Wallenstein Palace.

Annual Report on Manifestations of Antisemitism in the Czech Republic in 2020

Annual Report on Manifestations of Antisemitism in the Czech Republic in 2020

The Annual Report on Manifestations of Antisemitism in the CR 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.

World Jewish Congress elects leadership at Plenary Assembly

World Jewish Congress elects leadership at Plenary Assembly

Yesterday, the World Jewish Congress (WJC) formally announced the election of its leadership, including the reelection of Amb. Ronald S. Lauder as President. Petr Papoušek, Chairman of the Federation, was elected to the the Executive committee, Small communities.

Day of the Holocaust Remembrance and Prevention of Crimes Against Humanity

Day of the Holocaust Remembrance and Prevention of Crimes Against Humanity

On Wednesday, January 27, 2021, for the sixteenth time, a festive commemoration was held on the premises of the Wallenstein Palace in Prague on the occasion of the Day of the Holocaust Remembrance and the Prevention of Crimes Against Humanity. The meeting was organized by the Federation of Jewish Communities in the Czech Republic and the Endowment Fund for Holocaust Victims in cooperation with the Senate of the Parliament of the Czech Republic, under the auspices of Senate President Mr. Miloš Vystrčil.

The Holocaust Remembrance Day and the Day of Prevention of Crimes Against Humanity

On 27 January we commemorate the 76th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau (Oświęcim-Brzezinka). In the Czech Republic, this day has been recognized as the Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Holocaust and the Day of Prevention of Crimes Against Humanity since 2004. In 2005, United Nations declared 27 January as an International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust.
On 27 January 2021, three major commemorative events will take place in Prague, Terezín and Jerusalem. Due to the current unfavorable epidemiological situation and taking into account the crisis measures of the Government of the Czech Republic, the events will take place in the online space. The online form of the events will enable a participation of a wider audience.

Statement

Statement

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 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

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

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.”