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EU lawmakers, Jewish NGO join forces to fight hate crime

AJN.-The first vice president of the European Commission is set to participate in the launch of an effort to fight hate crime, scheduled to be hosted at Google’s offices in Brussels next week.

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The initiative is the fruit of a new project called Facing all the Facts, funded by the Rights, Equality and Citizenship Program of the EC, and coordinated by non-profit organization CEJI – A Jewish Contribution to an Inclusive Europe.

Vice President of the EC Frans Timmermans will talk about the Commission’s approach to dealing with hate crime and hate speech, at an event next Monday which will kick off an online training course to monitor such activity.

Law enforcement agencies from the UK, Italy and Hungary will attend the event, along with representatives from the EC, Google, Facebook, Twitter, Open Society Foundations and numerous civil society organizations that are stakeholders and collaborators in the initiative.

Noting a correlation between hateful discourse online and actual hate crime – including harassment, vandalism and violence – the initiative seeks to help law enforcement professionals and civil society organizations better monitor and counter hate speech. “EU member states are now accountable for recording bias-motivated crimes and ensuring that victims have access to justice,” said a press release released by CEJI on Wednesday.

Facing all the Facts evolved from an initiative called Facing Facts, which was founded in 2011 to increase the capacity of civil society organizations to monitor hate crime.

“This was needed because very few governments in Europe were recording data on bias-motivated crimes, and that which was recorded was done inconsistently across the European Union,” explained Robin Sclafani, director of CEJI and founder and coordinator of the project. “We knew that the governments were not going to make big changes in their policies without civil society organizations holding them accountable. We had to prove the problem so that it would be taken seriously.”

Sclafani remarked that various community organizations have banded together to address the problem of hate crime and hate speech, as well as law enforcement organizations, Internet industry leaders and the EC.

“Social media have become the primary medium for promoting hate and particularly antisemitism, and it becomes ever necessary to educate victims and help them monitor and combat this new evil,” said Mike Whine, Government and International Affairs director of the UK’s Community Security Trust, a partner in the project.

“It is also vital to involve the social networks themselves to enable them to better understand how their platforms are misused and to help fund counter action. We are therefore grateful to Google, Facebook and Twitter for recognizing their responsibilities and for enabling our project.”

Facing all the Facts is set to run until the end of 2018, and will establish new e-learning modules for police, prosecutors, policy makers on hate crime and hate speech. These modules will become part of the e-learning platform called Facing Facts Online which is also launching the first e-learning course on hate crime monitoring for civil society organizations.

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Jewish communities congratulates the President elect of Argentina Alberto Fernandez

AJN Agency.- The principal jewish communities congratulated Fernandez after his victory in the national elections as he got elected President.

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AJN Agency.- The Delegation of Argentinian Israelis Asociations (DAIA) congratulates the President elect Alberto Fernández for the winning in the national elections of the last sunday.

DAIA’s President wish to work together in the fight against antisemitism, every time of discrimination and xenophobie in defense of human rights.

“We congratulate the President elect, Dr. Alberto Fernández. Is our wish to work together in the fight against antisemitism, every time of discrimination and xenophobie in defense of human rights”, said Jorge Knoblovits in representation of the jewish community of Argentina.

Knoblovits talk with the AJN News Agency and insist on his greets to Fernández and said he hope to: «have success in his work for Argentina».

The President of AMIA (Mutual Association Israeli Argentina), Ariel Eichbaum, felicitate this tuesday the elected President Alberto Fernández for the success in the national elections while he transmited his with of «every sector» accompany the transition process.

Talking with AJN News Agency, Eichbaum transmited the predisposition of AMIA for ‘cooperating’ with programs that facilitate a «bigest social inclusion».

“From AMIA we want to congratulate the President elect Alberto Fernández for the results in the election of the last sunday, in which argentian society could, in peace, expres their will and compromise with democracy and respect for the institutions”, said Eichbaum.

The Israeli Embassy in Argentina congratulate the President elect Alberto Fernández por the winning in the national elections that took place on sunday.

The Embassy published on Twitter: “We congratulate the President elect @alferdez and all the argentinian people for this new celebration of democracy”.

Also the Embassy added: “We will keep working together honoring the friendship between the people of Israel and Argentina”.

The ambassador Galit Ronen also greets the candidate of «Frente de Todos», Alberto Fernández, who win the elections in the first round with over the 48 per cent of the vots, beating the still President Mauricio Macri, who seeked reelection.

“It’s always important to celebrate the democracy. ¡Congratulation to @alferdez and all the Argentinian people!”, said Ronen on Twitter.

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Argentinian President Macri visited the historical synagogue of Basavilbaso

AJN Agency.- Only a few days away of Rosh Hashana and with Iom Kipur coming soon, Mauricio Macri, President of Argentina participate of the meeting at the synagogue Tefila L’Moisés at Basavilbaso, Province of Entre Ríos.

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AJN Agency.- The argentinian President, Mauricio Macri, assisted to the Synagogue Tefila L’ Moisés de Basavilbaso, one of the olders of Argentina, making himself the first argentinian president in visit that synagogue.

Macri send his best wishes for the jewish new year celebration and added: «I want to thank you for reciving me here, in your home. For us it has been very important this years working with the community».

Claudio Avruj, secretary of Human Rights of Argentina discribed that the visit of Macri «Represents with out dudes a huge tribute to the jewish inmigration in the historic colonies of Entre Ríos and a deep recognition to the permanent support to the development of the local communities».

At meeting were present the Rabbi Sergio Bergman, secretary of goverment in Environment and Sustainable Development, and the Minister of Interior, Public Works and Housing of Argentina, Rogelio Frigerio, among others.

In a letter written by Avruj, he assured his pride for the president and remarked the pluralism and respect of Macri.

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