JCU President Boris Lozhkin meets French Jewish community leaders

05/12/2019

During his working visit to Paris, the President of the Jewish Confederation of Ukraine Boris Lozhkin has held a series of meetings with the leaders of the French Jewish community.

Thus, Boris Lozhkin met with Ariel Goldmann, President of the United Jewish Social Fund, and Francis Kalifat, President of the Representative Committee of the French Jewish Institutions. Both of them are worried about the surge of anti-Semitism in France. The meetings were devoted to the methods of combating this disturbing trend.

The problem is not only of concern to Jews – it has been also discussed at meetings with the members of the French Parliament, Meyer Habib, who attended the Kyiv Jewish Forum held in spring, and François Pupponi.

“French Jews are not left alone with the problem of anti-Semitism, which means that eventually the mind will triumph and this beautiful country will get rid of such a shameful relic of our dark past,” Lozhkin said.

France is actively fighting anti-Semitism. On December 3, the French Parliament adopted the definition of anti-Semitism proposed by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance and approved by the European Parliament.

The most important part of this definition is the recognition of anti-Zionism as a new form of anti-Semitism. “This is an issue widely discussed internationally, by both the Jewish and other communities: Does hatred of Israel amount to hatred of Jews? The European Parliament thinks so. Equating these concepts is an important step in the fight against anti-Semitism,” Boris Lozhkin commented.

The Ukrainian deputies prepared a draft resolution on the definition of anti-Semitism according to the standards of the European Parliament already last year, but it has not been adopted yet. “I hope that France will become an example to Ukraine, and the new convocation of the Verkhovna Rada will return to the consideration of this issue soon,” Lozhkin said.