The video below – filmed at the Global Forum for Combating Antisemitism which was recently held in Jerusalem – features interviews with Kasim Hafeez from the UK and Rev. Majed El Shafie who now lives in Canada after having been forced to leave his native Egypt in 1998 due to religious persecution.
2013 Global Forum on Antisemitism – NGO Monitor report
Global Forum for Combating Antisemitism 2013
During the latter half of this week BBC Watch took part in the Global Forum for Combating Antisemitism conference which was held in Jerusalem. With some five hundred delegates from fifty countries and six different religions, one had the opportunity to hear first-hand of the situation in countries such as France, Hungary, Greece and many more – both in the official sessions and informal discussions.
The chilling accounts given by some representatives were often shocking and overwhelming, but there was also cause for optimism, not least due to the forum’s focus on action-based outcomes.
One of the most inspiring aspects of the conference was the participation of delegates of different faiths – united by recognition of the need to fight racial hatred. Some of the speeches made by Muslim leaders from Albania, Britain and France can be viewed here. Particularly notable was the address by Imam Hassan Chalgoumy of France – unfortunately not yet translated into English, but with a short summary available here.
BBC Watch took part in the working group on antisemitism on the internet and in the media. The working group’s conclusions can be seen here and the report resulting from the working group’s last meeting in 2011 can be read here.
As we mentioned last week, the 2013 Global Forum on Antisemitism will be held between May 28th and 30th in Jerusalem. NGO Monitor has prepared an interesting paper for the occasion on the subject of the use of anti-Semitic themes and imagery by NGOs.
With members of NGOs (sometimes identified as such and sometimes not) often being quoted and promoted by the BBC, the subject is of course especially relevant.
The report can be read here or in pdf format here.