Mayors around the world are unitedly fighting against antisemitism
Fighting back against the explosion of Jew-hatred across the world in recent weeks, Frankfurt am Main Mayor Uwe Becker, the Federation of Local Authorities in Israel and the Combat Antisemitism Movement (CAM) have launched a campaign inviting municipal leaders across the globe to sign a joint statement as a public show of solidarity with their Jewish citizens and friends, reports Jpost. So far, this call has brought 28 mayors from 12 countries to sign the statement and to stand united to protect Jewish communities.
Cities around the world have seen an alarming rise in violent incidents targeting Jews – ranging from physical assault and verbal harassment to vandalism and anti-Israel rhetoric, among others.
Key signatories of the statement include Mayor of Frankfurt am Main Uwe Becker, Mayor of Porto Rui Moreira, Mayor of Ioannina Moses Elisa, Mayor of Budapest 7th District Peter Niedermüller, Mayor of Athens Kostas Bakoyannis and others.
Uwe Becker, mayor of Frankfurt am Main said: “When we organized the first-ever Global Mayors Summit just a few months ago, I did not imagine how soon I would have to call on my friends around the world to unite, speak and act against the oldest form of hatred. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again- when Jews, our citizens, ask themselves if they will have a safe future in our cities; when boys don’t feel comfortable wearing kippot skullcaps; and when girls hide their Star of David necklaces, then we are almost too late… It’s up to us to act, and we must do so quickly.”
The statement signed by the mayors acknowledges the civic duty of municipal leaders to “maintain peaceful coexistence in their communities around the world” and also expresses a shared sentiment of shock and concern at the recent explosion of antisemitism– both physical and virtual, reports Jpost.
The statement concludes with a unanimous and unequivocal commitment towards the protection of Jewish communities around the world: “As mayors, we stand united and committed to the safety of all Jewish residents in our cities. No one should have to live in fear because of their identity. We respect freedom of speech but will ensure our streets and public space are safe and free from antisemitic activity. As proud civic leaders, we say unequivocally we reject Jew-hatred in our cities now and always.”
photo credit: YVETTE ALT MILLER