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Addressing Antisemitism during the Pandemic


Hate speech specifically targeting groups on the basis of ethnicity, nationality, religion or gender threatens social cohesion and stability and can lead to discrimination and hate crimes. In this regard, the COVID-19 pandemic has sparked another epidemic of rapidly spreading hate speech and misinformation, some of which is motivated by antisemitism. Around the world, Jewish communities are often the target of hate crimes. This reflects a general trend of increasing antisemitism in recent years. The Jewish community is also faced with conspiracy theories that are reinforced in times of crisis. The webinar will examine these disturbing trends and discuss key challenges and possible solutions to combat antisemitism in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

Speakers include:

– Ahmed Shaheed, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief (Maldives)
– Günther Jikeli, Erna B. Rosenfeld Professor, Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism, Indiana University Bloomington (United States of America)
– Vanessa Hites, Jewish Diplomatic Corps, World Jewish Congress (Chile)
– Pamela Malewicz, Undersecretary for Human Rights and Cultural Pluralism of the City of Buenos Aires (Argentina)


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