Calling for increased security for Switzerland’s Jewish congregations – with concern and solidarity

A position of the Jewish-Roman Catholic Dialogue Commission (JRGK) and the Protestant-Jewish Dialogue Commission (EJGK)

We will not shut our eyes to the dangers of anti-Semitism: There has recently been a serious increase in anti-Semitic threats and attacks in Europe. Anti-Semitic incidents also increased significantly in Switzerland in 2014, as current reports on anti-Semitism have shown.[1]

The recent terrorist attacks in France, Denmark, and Belgium were both an attack on human lives and human rights, and on a society marked by freedom, security, and tolerance.

We expect the Swiss Federal Council to take direct responsibility for the protection of Jewish congregations in Switzerland: In the light of the recent heightened state of threat, we expect the Swiss Federal Council to take specific security measures to protect the country’s Jewish congregations, and to improve institutions such as synagogues and schools through the use of better resources and coordination efforts.

We express our concern and solidarity: The Jewish community is a part of Swiss society and history. The invaluable Jewish contribution to Switzerland in terms of politics, the economy, culture, and science demands our gratitude and solidarity. Jewish people should be able to live in Switzerland with a sense of security and inthe knowledge of being protected by the state.

We identify with the need for security of Switzerland’s Jewish congregations: The Jewish-Roman Catholic Dialogue Commission (JRGK) and the Protestant-Jewish Dialogue Commission (EJGK) advocate for Jewish-Christian cooperation, as characterized by mutual respect and the interreligious and cultural connectedness of Judaism and Christianity.

Jewish-Roman Catholic Dialogue Commission (JRGK) and the Protestant-Jewish Dialogue Commission (EJGK), April 2015

[1] Cf. the reports of anti-Semitism of the Swiss Federation of Jewish Communities (SIG), the Foundation against Racism and Anti-Semitism (GRA), and the Coordination Intercommunautaire Contre l’Antisémitisme et la Diffamation (CICAD). For information on measures against anti-Semitism in Switzerland, see: www.antisemitismus.ch (in French and German)

Author: 
JRGK/EJGK