Jewish organizations representing the seven countries with the largest Jewish populations outside of Israel have joined forces against antisemitism.
The announcement on July 25 signals a united front comprised of the largest Jewish advocacy groups that will now coordinate strategies and share solutions to combat hatred against Jews.
The groups—known collectively as the Large Communities’ Task Force Against Antisemitism, or J7—are the ADL, the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations (U.S.), the Board of Deputies of British Jews (U.K.), Conseil Représentatif des Institutions Juives de France, Central Council of Jews in Germany, Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (Canada), Delegación de Asociaciones Israelitas Argentinas, and Executive Council of Australian Jewry.
“Antisemitism, which is the world’s oldest hatred, no longer looks or spreads the way it did in the past. The vitriol once felt for individual Jews or Jewish practice has metastasized.”
Experts will lead working groups to address the mounting threat of anti-Jewish hate by formulating solutions and action plans involving advocacy, security, tech policy and education against antisemitism.
Meanwhile, studies indicate an ever-rising trend in hate crimes directed against Jews, with no drop-off in sight.
Leaders of the seven organizations gave their perspectives on the growing threat of antisemitism and the vital necessity for Jewish communities across the globe to respond effectively, in a coordinated fashion.
William C. Daroff, CEO of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, said: “Antisemitism, which is the world’s oldest hatred, no longer looks or spreads the way it did in the past. The vitriol once felt for individual Jews or Jewish practice has metastasized into blaming the Jewish people and the Jewish state for the ills of the world. Social media enables antisemitic hate to cross borders, where it spreads faster than ever before. It is therefore imperative for the largest diaspora Jewish communities to engage in regular conversation to develop strategies to combat the pernicious spread of antisemitism.”
Peter Wertheim, Co-CEO of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry, said: “Antisemitism is a disease of the human spirit that eats away at the foundations of civilization everywhere. It is not limited by geographical borders, ideology or creed. It is a global phenomenon that requires a global response.”
Shimon Fogel, President and CEO of Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, said: “What starts with the Jews, never ends with the Jews. There is a global imperative to confront antisemitism and drawing on the expertise and strength of the J7 coalition is an important catalyst for universal action.”
Scientologists stand with Jews everywhere in the fight for freedom for all religions.
Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League said: “Antisemitism is rising around the world, especially in countries where there are large Jewish populations. And threats to our communities are not contained by continents and borders. We needed to meet these challenges through coordinated action. This new coalition of major organizations representing seven large Jewish Diaspora communities in liberal democracies will provide a formal framework for coordination, consultation and formulating global responses to antisemitic threats against the Jewish people.”
The groups will meet virtually, as well as live at the ADL’s Never is Now Summit in March of 2024.
Scientologists stand with Jews everywhere in the fight for freedom for all religions, and STAND applauds the formation of this new global task force to fight antisemitism. When one community is threatened, all are at risk. As Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard said, “Constant and continual alertness is the price of freedom. Constant willingness to fight back is the price of freedom. There is no other price, actually.”