Protestant-Jewish Dialogue Commission (EJGK) condemns racism, anti-Semitism and incitements to violence

In connection with the war between the state of Israel and the Islamist Hamas movement, and in the context of the respective demonstrations in Zurich and other places in Switzerland, anti-Jewish statements and incitements to violence against Swiss Jews are currently being posted on the internet and on social platforms that in their vehemence and aggressiveness are new to Switzerland. The Protestant-Jewish Dialogue Commission (EJGK) strongly condemns all forms of racism, anti-Semitism and incitements to violence.

It is the responsibility of politics and the law to take action against the misuse of social media platforms. In addition, it is necessary to analyze the reasons for this recent wave of anti-Semitism that already has led to appallingly targeted attacks and assaults against Jewish individuals and institutions in Germany and France. In the case of the recent social media incidents, it was shown that anti-Semitic statements are mostly made by younger people with a Muslim background. Here, not only factual information in school and occupational education about the events in Israel/Gaza is needed, but also the persistent and preventative commitment of politics and society for social inclusion and solidarity. The roots of anti-Semitism and other inhuman ideologies must be systematically dried out.

No conflict is more polarizing than the Middle East conflict, and the horrifying images of the Gaza war are evoking strong emotions. At the same time, the Protestant-Jewish Dialogue Commission is convinced that the complex situation in the Middle East requires a differentiated perspective and that one-sided accusations are counterproductive. In the deep conviction that the political deadlock between Israel and Hamas cannot be solved by military means, the EJGK calls on the people of Switzerland to work for peace in Israel/Palestine through dialogue and factual information.

The EJGK is a commission of the Swiss Federation of Jewish Communities (SIG) and the Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches (FSPC). Founded in 1987 in the run-up to the 50th commemorative year of the Pogrom Night of 1938, it has been engaged in doing research, fostering mutual understanding and maintaining a continuous dialogue between the Jewish community and the Reformed churches in Switzerland.

Protestant-Jewish Dialogue Commission (EJGK)