Only 16% of European Jewish leaders feel their nation have implemented promises to fight antisemitism

Pledges to fight antisemitism were made by European countries at the Malmö International Forum on Holocaust Remembrance and Combating Antisemitism in October 2021.

In October 2021, at the Malmö International Forum on Holocaust Remembrance and Combating Antisemitism, 37 European nations committed to combat antisemitism. However, a year and a half later, a report released by the World Jewish Congress reveals that only 16% of European Jewish leaders say they feel that their countries have lived up to those promises and fully implemented the measures pledged, reports The Jerusalem Post.

According to the pledges, the participating states were “committed to supporting many initiatives dealing with combating antisemitism, fostering Jewish life, and promoting Holocaust remembrance.”

Nevertheless, less than half of the “Jewish leaders and professionals” surveyed said that their governments have at least partially implemented the plans they committed to during the Swedish forum.

“We have seen too many times throughout history that people will come together, say all the right things, make the right commitments, but fall short on the follow-through,” said World Jewish Congress president Ronald Lauder in a statement. “The truly hard work is the actual implementation of good ideas.”

In February, the Swedish government released a report stating that “60 delegations made around 150 pledges in relation to the Forum themes and related areas.” The pledges included improving educational resources on the Holocaust and modern antisemitism and establishing unique legal frameworks to separately address hate crimes and antisemitic attacks, while some addressed much broader or narrower topics.