An increase in education, closer monitoring of the internet and media, new legislation, and interfaith dialogue are needed to combat anti-Semitism, a global meeting against anti-Semitism was told in Buenos Aires.
Parliamentarians and 250 experts from 17 countries in the region came to the Argentine capital for the Global Forum for Combatting Antisemitism, a biennial gathering for assessing the state of anti-Semitism globally and formulating effective forms of societal and governmental response.
The two-day assembly, meeting for the first time in Latin America, opened Sunday.
Also for the first time, a non-Jewish group — the Hispanic Israel Leadership Coalition, an evangelical Christian organization — was a co-organizer.
“This is an historical event. The presence of the evangelical community united with the Jewish community in this fight against anti-Semitism is very important,” Pastor Mario Bramnick of the coalition told JTA. “We are half a billion people in Latin American and rising. We could be a tremendous force for support and a voice, impacting people, legislation and governments.”
Gideon Behar, director of the Department of Combatting Antisemitism at Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, told JTA that non-Jews are essential in the battle against anti-Semitism “because it is an international problem and not only a Jewish problem.”
“It affects the society at large, and is a danger for democracy, Western values and the civilized world. Evangelicals are very important and we want also other coalition partners.”
On Saturday night, Bramnick hosted a Celebration of Israel event at an evangelical church in Argentina.