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High Level Conference ‘Europe beyond anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism – securing Jewish life in Europe’

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21.11.2018
Vienna, Wiener Börsesäle
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Anti‑Semitism and anti‑Zionism continue to plague parts of contemporary Europe in manifest forms, threatening the fabric of Jewish life in EU countries, and the general welfare of Europe. Synagogues and Jewish institutions require constant armed protection, and many members of the Jewish community do not feel free to openly identify as Jews. Very often, anti‑Semitism is expressed through exaggerated and disproportionate criticism of the state of Israel. The demonisation of Jews and the Jewish state in some parts of European society represents the newest manifestation of the oldest hatred.

This year, Austria marks 80 years since the Anschluss and has a special historical responsibility for combatting anti‑Semitism in Europe. We will therefore convene a high‑level conference to promote concrete steps to combat anti‑Semitism and anti‑Zionism, and to secure Jewish life in Europe. High‑level guests will include Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel, Dr Moshe Kantor, President of the European Jewish Congress, representatives of global Jewish leadership, EU member states and EU institutions, as well as academics and journalists. At the conference, Austria will present a proposal for EU Council conclusions on the EU’s commitment to the security of Jewish communities and institutions.

A Europe free of anti‑Semitism and anti‑Zionism is not only the cornerstone of a secure and vibrant Jewish future on our continent, but also a guarantee for a peaceful and prosperous European future.

Preliminary schedule for November 21:
10:00   Presentation ‘Guidebook against anti-Semitism’
10:30   Opening symposium and opening speeches
11:00   Panel 1: ‘Religious and cultural motivations of anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism’
12:15   Panel 2: ‘A Europe free of anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism – the role of the European Union and beyond’
13:30   Closing address by Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
14:00   Reception

Planned media programme

Monday 19 November 2018

09:00-17:00

Opening hours for media accreditation

Venue: Media Accreditation Office of the Federal Press Service (Schauflergasse 1, 1010 Vienna)

Tuesday 20 November 2018

09:00-18:00

Opening hours for media accreditation

Venue: Event room 2, Amalienhof building, Ballhausplatz 1

16:00-21:00

Opening hours of the media centre

Venue: Event room 1, Amalienhof building, Ballhausplatz 1

17:30

Arrival of Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of the State of Israel, for an official visit to Austria – Welcome by Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, reception with military honours

PHOTO & VIDEO OPPORTUNITY from the designated area

Venue: Ballhausplatz, 1010 Vienna (access is allowed from 16:30 to 17:20 exclusively from Schauflergasse (via the Marschalltor entrance), crossing the Innerer Burghof and the Amalienhof building)

17:45

Talks between Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of the State of Israel, and Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz

PHOTO & VIDEO OPPORTUNITY at the beginning

Venue: Office of the Federal Chancellor, Ballhausplatz 2, 1010 Vienna (access is allowed from 16:30 to 17:20 exclusively from Schauflergasse (via the Marschalltor entrance), crossing the Innerer Burghof and the Amalienhof building)

The two aforementioned events are mutually exclusive.

18h30

PRESS CONFERENCE with

  • Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of the State of Israel
  • Sebastian Kurz, Federal Chancellor

Languages: German, English and Hebrew with simultaneous interpretation

Venue: Kongresssaal, Ballhausplatz 2, 1010 Vienna (access is allowed until 18:20 exclusively from Schauflergasse (via the Marschalltor entrance), crossing the Innerer Burghof and the Amalienhof building)

Wednesday 21 November 2018

On Wednesday 21 November 2018, the High Level Conference ‘Europe beyond anti‑Semitism and anti‑Zionism – securing Jewish life in Europe’ will take place between 10:00 and 14:00 in the Wiener Börsensäle, Wipplingerstraße 34, 1010 Vienna. The conference is open to the media and a detailed programme will be published soon.

 

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