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"Antisemitism and Europe - Are we at a civilisational crisis point?

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Synagogue: Central
Date: Thursday, 19th February 2015
Time: 18:45
Central United Synagogue
Description: Panel Discussion with Douglas Murray, Maajid Nawaz, Simone Rodan and moderated by Dr Alan Mendoza.

Across Europe, it seems that the oldest hatred of Anti-Semitism is once again rearing its ugly head. With attacks against Jews on the increase across the continent, sometimes related to Israel and sometimes not, it is unsurprising that whole Jewish communities have begun to look nervously at exit signs. This has been particularly marked in France – where 1% of the community left last year following a spate of incidents, with more expected to follow in the wake of the Hypercacher hostage crisis in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks. Nor has Britain been immune from the problem, with the summer of 2014 seeing a surge of Anti-Semitic incidents that has left Jewish citizens feeling extremely uncomfortable.

Of course, this is not just an issue for Jews – as France’s Prime Minister recently stated: "If 100000 Jews leave, France will no longer be France." The return of largescale Anti-Semitism therefore threatens not just Jewish futures, but also those of all Europeans.

So is there a safe Jewish future in Europe? And more generally, what does the upsurge in Anti-Semitism mean for European society?

Join our high-profile panel to hear their thoughts and to pose your questions for them to answer.


Douglas Murray – Associate Director, The Henry Jackson Society & Contributing Editor, The Spectator

Maajid Nawaz – Chairman, Quilliam Foundation & Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Hampstead & Kilburn

Brendan O'Neill - Editor, Spiked

Simone Rodan – Paris Director, American Jewish Committee

Moderated by: Dr Alan Mendoza – Executive Director, The Henry Jackson Society


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