In recent months and weeks huge numbers of migrants have begun making their way to Europe. This phenomenon has culminated in what has been coined the 2015 Migrant Crisis, of which Europe’s refugee crisis is a part. Europe’s refugee crisis has been described as the biggest humanitarian catastrophe of our time. The European Union of Jewish Students and the World Union of Jewish Students want to share the following message: That we have a Jewish responsibility to provide shelter and hope for thousands of refugees who are fleeing war, massacre and social unrest in the Middle East and Africa.
A Europe of Diasporas “We understand “diasporas of Europe” to be enduring human networks and communities [...]. While the individuals are citizens of the European Union and consider themselves part of Europe, of its culture and destiny, they also have important formal and informal links with fellow ethnic or religious communities with whom they share a past, present and future. Diaspora communities are thus a part of several overlapping identities, alongside national, European and other layers of belonging.” “European Citizenship should serve as a substantial link between diasporas and the European project, giving the possibility to diasporas to affirm themselves within the European context. We invite all concerned to develop projects promoting cooperation between diaspora networks, and between them and public authorities in all fields. We will in particular promote the creation of a Forum of European Diasporas in the spirit of this declaration and invite all interested to join us in this venture.” From the Barcelona declaration on European Diasporas, 2005
This Purim (March 4th-5th), we encourage Jews around the world to honor and thank those people who dedicate themselves to our safety by giving Mishloach Manot to your local security guards, community security organization, police, political leaders, committed friends of the Jewish community - All those who you feel have made the safety of Jews their priority. Visit the campaign website www.todaonpurim.com, download and print our special Mishloach Manot card, with your own message saying thank you, and remember to snap a picture of this good deed uploading it to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with #TodaOnPurim!
Young People Combating Hate Speech Online is a project being run by the Council of Europe’s youth sector between 2012 and 2014. It aims to combat racism and discrimination, as expressed online as hate speech, by mobilizing young people and youth organisations to recognize and act against such human rights violations. EUJS is taking an active part in preparing the European Action Day on anti-Semitism and Fascism on November 9th.